Prescriptive Nonfiction

KENNETH M. ADAMS, Ph.D., is the Clinical Director of Kenneth M. Adams Associates, a practice in Royal Oak, Michigan, devoted to treating trauma-induced addictive and intimacy disorders. An internationally recognized expert in these areas, Dr. Adams frequently gives lectures and leads workshops sponsored by national treatment programs such as the SierraTucsonTreatmentCenter, The Meadows, and The Life Healing Center. He is the author, with Alexander P. Morgan, of WHEN HE’S MARRIED TO MOM: HOW TO HELP MOTHER-ENMESHED MEN OPEN THEIR HEARTS TO TRUE LOVE AND COMMITMENT.

SHAUNA JAMES AHERN is the face behind the award-winning blog, glutenfreegirl. Her first book, GLUTEN-FREE GIRL, shares her stories, recipes and tips for healthy eating and living. She is the author, with her husband, Daniel Ahern, of GLUTEN-FREE GIRL AND THE CHEF, which was picked by the New York Times as one of the top cookbooks of 2010, GLUTEN-FREE GIRL, AMERICAN CLASSICS REINVENTED, and GLUTEN-FREE GIRL EVERYDAY, which won the 2014 James Beard Award for Focus on Health. She is working on a collection of essays called ENOUGH which will explore the challenges and triumphs we face as women.

 MAX ALEXANDER is a prolific journalist and former editor at People magazine and Variety. He currently writes for various publications, including Reader's DigestBon Appétit, and Saveur and has edited books by authors such as George Plimpton. He lives on a farm in Maine and is the co-author, with Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, of THE ARROWS COOKBOOK, based on the beloved restaurant Arrows in Ogunquit, Maine. He is also the author of MAN BITES LOG: THE UNLIKELY ADVENTURES OF A CITY GUY IN THE WOODS, a collection of essays about his city-to-country experience.

KIMBERLY SEALS ALLERS is a parenting expert, breastfeeding advocate, journalist, author, and the founder of Her most recent book, THE BIG LETDOWN, opens up a candid conversation about the cultural, sociological and economic forces that shape the breastfeeding culture—and how big business, politics, the media, and feminism have undermined women and threatened their children in the process.

STEPHEN ALTSCHULER is a writer, teacher, mental health counselor, and author of THE MINDFUL GOLFER: HOW TO LOWER YOUR HANDICAP WHILE RAISING YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS. He lives in Santa Rose, California.

A seasoned PR and marketing professional, KAREN AMSTER-YOUNG was at the helm of her award-winning eponymous public relations agency, AYPR for 15 years. From the beginning, Karen has represented clients from numerous industries, including fashion, hospitality, business-to-business, and home/design. Highlights of her work include the award-winning successful launch of FIJI Water and ITO EN Teas®. Karen was one of the top “Forty PR Stars under Forty” by PR Week magazine and has been featured in many industry publications. Prior to launching her agency, Karen was with Ketchum Public Relations. Karen is often called upon by companies looking for strategic counsel, particularly in consumer, lifestyle and B2B communications. Ms. Amster-Young is a contributor for a number of lifestyle magazines; her interviews with newsmakers from many industries have been published in media outlets, including Avenue magazine, Hamptons magazine, Parent Guide, Millennium magazine, Dan's Papers and others. She is the co-author of The 52 Weeks, (Skyhorse Publishing) inspired by the popular blog of the same name. Karen has been a featured speaker at many entrepreneur panels and events for her award-winning PR and marketing work. On behalf of The 52 Weeks Karen and her co-author, Pam Godwin, have appeared on television and radio programs, including CBS's Live from the Couch, NPR, and The Judith Regan show(Sirius XM), and more. Together, Pam and Karen also appeared at the 92nd Street Y on stage with "Women of the Web" featuring Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, Sarah Brokaw, and others.

JOHN ANDERSON is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York TimesRolling Stone, NationCongressional Record, and Washington Journalism Review. He is also an Emmy-nominated director for Lifetime Television’s “Stop Breast Cancer for Life” campaign and has directed a number of television commercials focused on women’s issues, including self-esteem, sexual abuse, and child care. He is also president of The Farm, an advertising and production company based in New York and Virginia. His first book, STAND BY HER, is a breast cancer guide for men based on his experience caring for four women: his mother, her best friend, his wife, and his sister. A film based on his experiences, Four Extraordinary Women, aired on Lifetime.

JOHN ANDERSON has been a three-time president of the New York Film Critics Circle. He writes frequently for The New York TimesThe Los Angeles Times and Film Comment. His I WAKE UP SCREENING: WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU’VE MADE YOUR MOVIE, co-written with Laura Kim, was published by Billboard Books.

PAIGE APPEL of BASH EVENTS, along with Kelly Harris of YES, PLEASE DESIGNS is one of the two creative gals behind BASH, PLEASE, a full service event production and design house. Together they offer their clients everything from paper design, logistical management, event design, florals, prop building, vendor curation, decor sourcing; everything from soup to nuts! Taking cues from the artful, the vintage, the modern, the crafty, the textured, the natural, they create seamless events that showcase their clients sensibility without the stress of fussy over-production. Vibrant and innovative are two words they like to keep in mind when approaching a new bash. They live in Los Angeles and travel nationwide to produce events for their clients. They are also the co-creators of THE CREAM (formerly known as Hitched). A modern, hip, experiential take on the bridal and, they are at work on their first book, which is forthcoming from Rizzoli.

PHILIP AUERSWALD is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy, George Mason University, and an Associate at the Belfer Centerfor Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. His work focuses on entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation. He is the co-founder and co-editor of Innovations, a quarterly journal about entrepreneurial and technological solutions to global challenges. His latest is THE COMING PROSPERITY.

JEFFREY BANK is the CEO of the Alicart Restaurant Group, owner of the famous Carmine’s and Virgil’s BBQ. He is currently at work on two cookbooks, VIRGIL’S BARBECUE ROADTRIP and CARMINE’S CELEBRATIONS, featuring recipes from his renowned restaurant.

PATRICE BANKS, a favorite of CBS This Morning and Fox and Friends, is a female auto mechanic dedicated to empowering women by showing them how to keep up their own cars. The leader of numerous auto workshops for women and soon to be the owner of an all-female auto-repair shop, she will share her secrets on car maintenance in THE GIRLS’ AUTO CLINIC GLOVE BOX GUIDE, to be published by Touchstone in 2017.

JUDITH BARRETT is a freelance reporter and food writer, the co-author of the bestselling RISOTTO, as well as the author of RISOTTO RISOTTISAVED BY SOUPWELL DONE: A COOK’S EDUCATION; and FAGIOLI: THE BEAN CUISINE OF ITALY. Her most recent title is FROM AN ITALIAN GARDEN.

JOSEPH BASTIANICH opened Becco and Lidia’s in Pittsburgh and Kansas City with his mother, Lidia Bastianich. With Mario Batali he opened Babbo, Lupa, Otto, and Eataly in New York. His latest venture with Mario and chef Mark Ladner is Del Posto, which he describes as “the ultimate expression of what we think an Italian restaurant can be.” With David Lynch, Joe wrote James Beard nominee and IACP award-winner VINO ITALIANO: THE REGIONAL WINES OF ITALY, its follow-up, VINO ITALIANO BUYING GUIDE: THE ULTIMATE QUICK REFERENCE TO THE GREAT WINES OF ITALY, and his most recent wine book, GRANDI VINI. His bestselling memoir, RESTAURANT MAN, charts Joe’s culinary adventures from working with his parents to operating his own highly renowned restaurants.

LIDIA BASTIANICH is widely regarded as the "First Lady" of Italian cuisine in the U.S. Through her lectures, cookbooks, and restaurants—Felidia and Becco in New York and Lidia's in both Kansas City and Pittsburgh—she has brought authentic Italian cooking to America. Her groundbreaking first book was LA CUCINA DI LIDIA, followed by LIDIA'S ITALIAN TABLE and LIDIA'S ITALIAN-AMERICAN KITCHEN, based on the 39-part television series. She is also the author of LIDIA'S FAMILY TABLE, featuring classic Italian recipes prepared in Lidia's own Mediterranean-style kitchen, surrounded by her family and based on her television series of the same name. She is the author, with her daughter Tanya Bastianich Manuali, of the bestselling LIDIA'S ITALY: 140 SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS RECIPES FROM THE TEN PLACES IN ITALY LIDIA LOVES MOST. Their latest together is LIDIA COOKS FROM THE HEART OF ITALY: A FEAST OF 175 REGIONAL RECIPES.

JOY BAUER is a noted nutritionist and #1 New York Times bestseller for JOY BAUER’S FOOD CURES with Carol Svec. She is also the author of THE 90/10 WEIGHT-LOSS PLAN, which details a revolutionary approach to dieting, COOKING WITH JOY, with Rosemary Black, and 3-2-1 WEIGHT LOSS PLAN with Prevention magazine. In addition to her successful book publishing career, Joy has been a columnist for Woman’s Day and Self magazines and a regular contributor to Parade magazine, is a frequent guest on the Today show, Live! with Regis and KellyThe View, VH1, and Good Morning America, and she is the nutritionist for the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. Joy started and maintains one of the biggest nutrition centers in the country, Joy Bauer Nutrition, located in New York City and Westchester, NY. She is the author of YOUR INNER SKINNY with Carol Svec, and the companion cookbook, SLIM & SCRUMPTIOUS. Her most recent are a revised edition of the highly popular JOY BAUER’S FOOD CURES and a book based on her wildly popular “Joy Fit Club” segments on the Today show, THE JOY FIT CLUB.

KENNETH BAUM is one of the premier sports performance consultants in the U.S.  He conducts seminars throughout the country and addresses thousands of people every year in his lectures. He is the author of THE MENTAL EDGE and METABOLIZE: THE PERSONALIZED PROGRAM FOR WEIGHT LOSS. Both are co-authored with Richard Trubo. His latest book, MIND OVER BUSINESS, co-authored with Bob Andelman, is a guide for reaching peak performance in the workplace.

PETER BAYLIES is the creator of the At-Home Dad Newsletter, which he started for other at-home fathers after he was laid off from his job in 1992. His first book is THE AT-HOME DAD SURVIVAL GUIDE, written with Jessica Toonkel.

SUSAN BEAL is a jewelry designer, writer, and editor, as well as contributor to and author of a number of craft books. She writes about art, craft, and fashion for Cutting Edge, JoAnn Crafts, BUST, ReadyMade, Venus, Art Access,, and Her “West Coast Crafty” column runs monthly on She’s also taught jewelry making and craft classes in her studio, at bead shops, at the DIY Lounge, and for Church of Craft. She is the author of BEAD SIMPLE, BUTTON IT UP, WORLD OF GEEKCRAFT, SEWING FOR ALL SEASONS, MODERN LOG CABIN QUILTING, BEAD SPARKLE, and SEW+QUILT.

 GARY BELSKY is the former editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine. An adjunct professor of journalism at New York University, Belsky lectures frequently on the psychology of decision-making to business and consumer groups around the world, and consults with various corporate clients on choice architecture and consumer-related messaging. From 1994 through 1998, Belsky was a regular commentator on CNN’s Your Money and a frequent contributor to Good Morning AmericaCBS This MorningCrossfire and Oprah; he continues to appear on local and national radio and TV, commenting on personal finance, economics, business, and sports. He is the author of ON SECOND THOUGHTWHY SMART PEOPLE MAKE BIG MONEY MISTAKES AND HOW TO CORRECT THEM with Thomas Gilovich; and SHOULD YOU REALLY BE A LAWYER? THE GUIDE TO SMART CAREER CHOICES BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER LAW SCHOOL with Deborah Schneider.

PAULA STONE BENDER is a clinical psychologist who specializes in family practice, as well as the author of two parenting books: HOW TO KEEP YOUR KIDS FROM DRIVING YOU CRAZY and HOW TO KEEP YOUR TEENAGER FROM DRIVING YOU CRAZY.

JONATHAN BERENT, A.C.S.W., is a pioneering psychotherapist who specializes in social anxieties including public speaking anxiety, performance anxiety, and selective mutism. Since 1978, Berent has worked directly with or supervised the treatment of about 10,000 patients of all ages. He also has served as a stress management consultant to numerous corporations and organizations including NBC, Bankers Trust, Bloomingdale’s, Technicon Science Center, and the United Federation of Teachers. Media appearances include OprahHoward Stern, Opie & Anthony, the New York Times, the New York Post, the Daily News, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, Reader’s Digest, and the National Enquirer. He is the author, with Amy Lemley, of BEYOND SHYNESS: HOW TO CONQUER SOCIAL ANXIETIES and WORK MAKES ME NERVOUS: OVERCOME ANXIETY AND BUILD THE CONFIDENCE TO SUCCEED.

LINDA BLADHOLM is an accomplished writer and artist with a deep appreciation and understanding of global food and culture through travel. She writes a weekly column called "Fork in the Road" in the Miami Herald, and is the author of four books on Southeast Asian and Indian cuisine.

DAWN JACKSON BLATNER, RD, CSSD, LDN, is a registered dietitian, certified specialist in sports dietetics, and a nationally known and trusted food and nutrition expert. She is the author of THE FLEXITARIAN DIET named one of the top 10 diets of 2014 by U.S. News & World Report. She was also the nutrition consultant for the New York Times bestseller THE CARB LOVER’S DIET. In addition to her role as consultant to the Chicago Cubs, Dawn writes a food and nutrition blog for Huffington Post; health and wellness articles for national magazines such as Fitness and  Healthand a weekly e-newsletter, Nutrition WOW. She appears regularly as a guest on national television programs such as TodayGood Morning America HealthAnderson Cooper, and EXTRA, as well as being quoted in major national media. Dawn received a Lifetime Television “Remarkable Woman Award” for her work in the field of nutrition. She is at work on THESUPERFOOD SWAP DIET, a high-concept new life program which will upgrade favorite cravings based on nutrition quality rather than calories.

KENNETH BOCK, M.D., is board certified in family medicine and, along with Dr. Steven Bock and Nancy Faass, the author of THE GERM SURVIVAL GUIDE, a practical plan for keeping you and your family germ-free.

JANE BOGART, M.A., CHES, is the Coordinator of Health Outreach and Promotion at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Formerly the Director of Health Promotion at NYU, she also taught at Columbia University's Teacher's College. Known to her students across the country as "Sex Jane," she has appeared on MTV as a "Sexpert." She is the author of SEXPLORATION: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FEELING TRULY GREAT IN BED, a practical, human, humorous, and informative guide for any and every sexual encounter.

BRIAN BOITANO is more than just a champion on the ice; he also gives a winning performance in the kitchen. His series What Would Brian Boitano Make? premiered in August 2009 on the Food Network and has recently moved over to the Cooking Channel. Few athletes have enjoyed the artistic and popular success he has had since winning the gold medal for the United States at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. He has won more professional titles than any other skater in the history of the sport; among those titles are six World Professional Championships. He also won a primetime Emmy Award for his starring role in the 1990 HBO movie Carmen on Ice and is the author of BOITANO’S EDGE: INSIDE THE REAL WORLD OF FIGURE SKATING. His first cookbook, WHAT WOULD BRIAN BOITANO MAKE?, is forthcoming from Globe Pequot Press.

DONNA BOZZO , author of FIDGET BUSTERS and WHAT THE FUN?! is a parenting and family lifestyle expert, TODAY Show contributor and the go-to mom for moms everywhere. Donna weighs in on shows across the country and in Chicago showing parents simple ways to create happy, successful families.  Donna has been featured in PARADE, Parents Magazine, REDBOOK, Splash, Sheridan Road, NS Luxury and has contributed to Family Circle, American Baby, Working Mother, Chicago Parent, Chicago Tribune and Brides. Donna has worked as an Emmy recognized producer, writer, reporter, creative director and talk show host-- but her favorite job by far is M-O-M. Donna lives on the North Shore of Chicago with her husband and three very fun teenaged girls. 

 WAYNE BRACHMAN has been named one of the 10 best pastry chefs in America by Pastry Art & Design and Choclatier magazines. He is the author of CAKES AND COWPOKESRETRO DESSERTS; and AMERICAN DESSERTS. His latest is SEE DAD COOK: THE ONLY BOOK A GUY NEEDS TO FEED FAMILY AND FRIENDS (AND HIMSELF).

RICHARD R. BRADLEY III, was the Director of the Occupational Health and Fitness Program at the U.S. Department of Transportation for over twenty years. His first book, QUICK FIT: THE COMPLETE 15-MINUTE NO-SWEAT WORKOUT, lays out his unique and effective fitness program.

FLO BRAKER, a former president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, is a food writer, and cooking teacher. She is the author of THE SIMPLE ART OF PERFECT BAKING and SWEET MINIATURES, which won the IACP Cookbook Award for best single subject cookbook. She has appeared on the public television series Baking with Julia and on the Food Network's Baker's Dozen. Her latest is BAKING FOR ALL OCCASIONS.

MICHELLE BRODY, Ph.D. is both an executive coach and a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience.  Her approach to coaching couples and business leaders is founded on the principle of helping clients visualize and understand the unproductive processes they get stuck in, toenable them to see their way out and make sustainable change. Michelle’s background also includes extensive experience in teaching, coaching and scientificresearchat  severalmajorU.S.  universities, including M.I.T., Pace University andYaleUniversity.   SheisthefounderofCoachingforCouples (,  aninnovativemodel  fortime efficient relationship change.  Her first book, STOP THE FIGHT, an illustrated guide to defusing our most common and intractable arguments, is forthcoming from The Experiment.

KATHERINE BROOKING is a registered dietitian who is a frequent nutrition contributor to top-tier national morning shows, including TODAY, Live! with Kelly, The Early Show on CBS, and Good Morning America Health, as well as on local affiliate stations across the country. She has contributed to Self, Cooking Light, and Woman’s Day magazines and other major publications including the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and New York Daily News. She is a nutrition advisor to Prevention Magazine and national broadcast spokesperson for Cooking Light. Her most recent work, the book THE REAL SKINNY written with Julie Upton, describes 101 “slim habits” to help you make healthier food choices on a daily basis.

GARY BROZEK has been a senior editor with a major New York publishing house. He is the co-author of DIVORCED FROM THE MOB with Andrea Giovino; FINANCIAL BLISS with Bambi Holzer; and THE TEEN WHISPERER with Mike Linderman. His latest is A MILLION IS NOT ENOUGH: HOW TO RETIRE WITH THE MONEY YOU’LL NEED with Michael Farr.

LINDA BUCH and SETH ANNE SNIDER-COPELY, both fitness professionals, are the authors of THE COMMERCIAL BREAK WORKOUT, a book of exercises that can be done while sitting and watching your favorite television shows.

DOROTHY BULLITT is the Pacific Coast based author of FILLING THE VOID. She is the co-author, with renowned mountaineer Jim Wickwire, of his memoir, ADDICTED TO DANGER: A MEMOIR ABOUT AFFIRMING LIFE IN THE FACE OF DEATH.

BIBA CAGGIANO is a world-renowned Italian chef and host of more than 100 episodes of her international cooking show, Biba's Italian Kitchen. The author of seven bestselling cookbooks, she is a recipient of the Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence, and in 1999 was named Northern California Chef of the Year. Her restaurant, Biba, is an internationally known gourmet restaurant. Her latest cookbook is BIBA'S ITALY: FAVORITE RECIPES FROM SPLENDID CITIES.

JOHN CALDERAZZO is the author of the popular WRITING FROM SCRATCH: FREELANCING and has also written the children's book 101 QUESTIONS ABOUT VOLCANOES. His most recent book is RISING FIRE: VOLCANOES AND OUR INNER LIVES. His work has appeared in AudubonUSA TodayWriter's Digest, and dozens of other newspapers and magazines.

ROGER CALLAHAN is on the cutting edge of psychotherapy and the creator of Thought-Field Therapy. He is also the author of IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU: THE FIVE-MINUTE PHOBIA CURE and WHY DO I EAT WHEN I'M NOT HUNGRY? His latest title, co-authored with Richard Trubo, is TAPPING THE HEALER WITHIN: USING THOUGHT-FIELD THERAPY TO INSTANTLY CONQUER YOUR FEARS, ANXIETIES, AND EMOTIONAL DISTRESS.

DR. C. WAYNE CALLAWAY is one of the nation's leading experts in nutrition and weight control. He is also the author of THE CALLAWAY DIET and SURVIVING WITH AIDS, which considers nutrition in conjunction with medical treatment to combat AIDS, both co-authored with Catherine Whitney.

SHERI CASTLE is a food writer, cooking instructor, recipe tester, and recipe developer. She is the regular food columnist for Living in Style, and her recipes, food advice and articles have appeared in Southern LivingWNC MagazineBetter Homes and GardensFine CookingCook’s Illustrated, and Edible Communities. She is currently concentrating on her first cookbook, THE NEW SOUTHERN GARDEN COOKBOOK.

JOANNE CHANG is an honors graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics who is also the accomplished owner and pastry chef at the acclaimed Flour Bakeries in Boston. Her famous sticky buns beat Bobby Flay’s in an episode of Throwdown. She is the author, with Christie Matheson, of FLOUR, and FLOUR TOO. Her most recent book is BAKING WITH LESS SUGAR. Next up will be MYERS & CHANG AT HOME, showcasing recipes from her beloved Boston Asian restaurant, followed by another signature baking book.

ROY PETER CLARK’s influence in the world of journalism reaches far and wide. The author of many books about the craft of writing and hundreds of newspaper and journal articles, he is one of the foremost authorities in his field. A long-time faculty member of The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, he has penned WRITING TOOLS: 50 ESSENTIAL STRATEGIES FOR EVERY WRITER, a compendium of the most effective rules for good writing, as well as the successful title THE GLAMOUR OF GRAMMAR. His latest works are HELP! FOR WRITERS and HOW TO WRITE SHORT. He is currently at work on his next book, THE ART OF X-RAY READING.

REBECCA P. COHEN, author of 15 MINUTES OUTSIDE, is a gardening and outdoor lifestyle expert, and the go-to mom for outdoor activities any time of the year. Rebecca is the spokesperson for the National Wildlife Federation’s “Be Out There” campaign to inspire 22 million families to spend time outside. She appears frequently on television, and had been profiled in print and on-line. A former member of the corporate world for 15 years and a mom of two young boys, Rebecca started her company, Rebecca Plants LLC, in 2007 to pursue her passion for inspiring others to garden, be outside, and improve their wellbeing.

JANICE COLE is a well-regarded food writer and editor at Cooking Pleasures magazine who has worked in the food industry for over 25 years. She is working on a charming book entitled CHICKENANDEGGS FOR ALL SEASONS, which will offer funny, touching stories about raising three chickens in her backyard, combined with recipes for all the seasons.

PETER COLEMAN, Ph.D., author of THE FIVE PERCENT SOLUTION: RESOLVING SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE CONFLICTS AT HOME, AT WORK AND BEYOND, is the Director of the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers College, Columbia University, is Associate Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, a member of the faculty of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Chair of the International Project on Conflict and Complexity, Chair of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity at Columbia, and an affiliate of the International Center for Complexity and Conflict at The Warsaw School for Social Psychology in Warsaw, Poland. Dr. Coleman co-edits The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice and has authored over 50 journal articles and chapters. He is also a New York State certified mediator and experienced consultant.

DR. EDWARD CONLEY is the Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University, a Board Certified Family Physician, and the host of the PBS Special, "Ten Secrets to Reducing Your Breast Cancer Risk." He has worked with over 50,000 people to reduce cancer risk, improve immunity, and restore energy. His current title is THE BREAST CANCER PREVENTION PLAN, a guide to how women can cut their risk of Breast Cancer by 50-90%.

EILEEN CONSIDINE-MEARA is the author of AT HOME WITH KATE: GROWING UP IN KATHARINE HEPBURN'S HOUSEHOLD, a collection of memories and recipes she's culled over the years from Katharine Hepburn's kitchen. Her mother, Norah, was Ms. Hepburn's long time cook. The author is also an entrepreneur, creating her own line of freshly-prepared, elegant soups called Dishes and Tales.

THOMPSON CROCKETT is the author of THE ARTIST INSIDE, in which he teaches a fresh new approach to tapping into our own creativity, using the images and artifacts of our dreams. His new book is STONE AGE WISDOM: THE HEALING PRINCIPLES OF SHAMANISM, about finding a more balanced way to live based on the wisdom of Stone Age shamanic ancestors.

AYESHA CURRY, mom to daughters Riley and Ryan and wife to NBA superstar Stephen Curry, is a bona fide food fanatic and star of her own Food Network show, Ayesha’s Homemade. She is the creator of the website and popular YouTube channel Little Lights of Mine, which has garnered a robust and loyal fan following with a social media reach of over 4 million followers and Ayesha is a regular contributor to The and Called Magazine, and has been featured in top tier online and print publications including Food and WinePeopleTIMEInStyleUSA TodayBrides, POPSUGAR, Hello Beautiful and Diablo Magazine. THE SEASONED LIFE is her first book which debuted on the New York Times Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous Bestseller list at #4.

EVA CWYNAR, MD author of FROM FATIGUED TO FABULOUS is the founder and director of The Cwynar Center; she is on the faculty at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at UCLA. She has been featured in print from everywhere from Consumer Reports to Cosmopolitan, Health to Harper’s Bazaar, on television she has appeared on Dr. Phil, The Doctors, the Jimmy Kimmel Show, The Rachel Zoe Project, and Snoop Dog’s Father Hood, among others.

JOIE DAVIDOW is the founder of L.A. Style magazine and co-founder of L.A. Weekly, as well as Si magazine. She is the author of INFUSIONS OF HEALING, a guide to Mexican-American herbal medicine and a frequent lifestyle commentator on many talk shows. Her current book, MARKED FOR LIFE, is a memoir about living with a large port wine stain on her face.

CARIN DAVIS is a singles columnist and feature writer for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and Vice-President of Film Roman, the animation company behind The Simpsons and King of the Hill, where she is responsible for generating and producing new television and film productions for the Emmy Award winning company. Davis sits on the Jewish Federation’s Entertainment Steering Committee and is a member of the American Jewish Press Association. Her first book is LIFE, LOVE, LOX: REAL-WORLD ADVICE FOR THE MODERN JEWISH GIRL.

HILLARY DAVIS is an author, food journalist, cooking instructor, and writer and creator of the popular food blog Marché Dimanche. She’s a long time food columnist and restaurant critic for New Hampshire Magazine and her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Connecticut Home Living, Hartford Magazine, Tastes of New England,,, CelebrationNH Magazine, Bonjour Paris, French Entree Magazine, and other regional, national, and international publications.  Davis is the author of LES DESSERTS (September 2015); LE FRENCH OVEN, FRENCH COMFORT FOOD, CUISINE NICOISE, and A MILLION A MINUTE.

IAN DAVIS is a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. for a Fortune 500 company and the author of MY BOYS CAN SWIM: THE OFFICIAL GUY'S GUIDE TO PREGNANCY, a wry, witty, entertaining book that addresses the concerns of every dad-to-be.

PIPER DAVIS is co-owner of Grand Central Bakery, a family-run company with bakeries and cafes in Seattle and Portland. She is currently working on her first cookbook, THE GRAND CENTRAL BAKING BOOK, based on recipes from the bakery and from her family’s kitchen.

DORIS J. DAY, M.D., is a board certified dermatologist with a private practice on New York's Upper East Side, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the New York University Medical Center, the official dermatologist of the Radio City Rocketts, and a spokesperson for Good Skin products. She is the author of FORGET THE FACELIFT, a holistic four-week program for ageless skin, with Sondra Forsyth.

DIANA DELL, M.D., is a nationally known physician at Duke University, specializing in the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and other women's mood disorders and health topics. With Carol Svec, she has written THE PMDD PHENOMENON, the first book to bridge the chasm between skepticism and enthusiasm, providing the latest information about PMDD.

STACY DERMONT is a writer and editor who has written over 1,000 food-related articles, including reviews and recipes, for Dan’s Papers, the largest media outlet in the Hamptons. The weekly lifestyle magazine enjoys targeted Manhattan delivery. All of her work also appears on and she has appeared on NPR shows “Bonnie Grice in the Morning” and “Media Mavens” and has given talks and demos at the Bridgehampton Historical Museum, Canio’s Books (Sag Harbor), Rogers Memorial Library (Southampton), Southampton Historical Museum and Southampton Jewish Center. Dermont now lives in Sag Harbor Village. THE

SHANNON DINGLE is a disabled activist, freelance writer, sex trafficking survivor, and recovering perfectionist. She doesn't shy away from the hard places, from politics and privilege to sex and trauma. While she knows the societal rules about which topics to avoid in mixed company, she breaks them regularly and teaches her six children to get into "good trouble, necessary trouble," in the words of civil rights icon John Lewis. She has written for USA Today, The Washington Post, and Teen Vogue, and her work has been featured by TODAY.comThe Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Daily Kos, Christianity Today, NPR, Slate and Good Morning America.

PESI DINNERSTEIN is a former faculty member of the City University of New York, where she taught language skills for close to thirty years. She has recently written selections for the bestselling series Small Miracles and for EVERYONE’S GOT A STORY. Her latest is MY CLUTTERED LIFE, an odyssey of self-discovery that leads her from the obvious display of clutter spilling out of her closets to the more subtle forms in her overbooked day planner and densely packed conversations.

ABIGAIL JOHNSON DODGE is a highly regarded pastry chef, culinary instructor and cookbook author. She is currently a contributing editor at Fine Cooking, where she served as founding director of the magazine’s test kitchen. She is the author of THE WEEKEND BAKER, an invaluable resource for busy bakers chosen by Food & Wine as one of the top 10 cookbooks of the year. Her most recent titles are THE AROUND THE WORLD COOKBOOK, a resource for parents and their children, DESSERTS 4 TODAY, a great resource for sophisticated 4-ingredient desserts, and MINI TREATS AND HAND-HELD SWEETS. Her most recent book, THE EVERYDAY BAKER, was nominated for a James Beard Award and won the 2016 IACP Award for Baking.

MELISSA DONOHUE is a financial education specialist who has developed curricula and financial education program content for the classroom, online platforms, and textbooks for over 10t years. Drawing on her own background in international banking and as a financial reporter, her original scholarly research into women and financial literacy, and years spent in front of a classroom, innovating methods for teaching economic principles to teens, she brings a fresh and dynamic approach to her work. She has consulted for PBS and VISA, and taught students from elite private schools like The Spence School, The Brearley School, The Chapin School, and Mt. Holyoke, among others. She has an Ed.D. from UMASS Amherst and a Master's Degree in International Affairs with a specialization in International Banking from Columbia University. She is the founder of the company Financial Nutrition and at work on her first book, FINANCIAL NUTRITION FOR YOUNG WOMEN: How and Why to Teach Girls About Money, forthcoming from Praeger.

LARRY DOYLE is the executive chef of the most successful Irish restaurant on the West Coast, Johnny Foley's Irish House. In 1995, Larry opened the critically acclaimed O'Reilly's Irish Pub and Restaurant. He has also worked in some of San Francisco's most celebrated venues, such as Jeremiah Tower's Stars and Stars Café, and Wolfgang Puck's Postrio, as well as serving as personal chef to actor Don Johnson. Larry's first book is IRISH PUB COOKING: TRANSATLANTIC FLAVORS.

EDWARD DRAGAN, Ph.D. A sought-after expert for lawyers representing children bullied and injured in school, Dragan has a doctorate in education administration and supervision, a degree in education law and a masters in special education. In a distinguished career that has spanned more than 40 years, he has been a case worker in a reform school, a special education teacher, the founder of an alternative school, a public school superintendent, and served for eleven years with the New Jersey Department of Education, first as a supervisor of special education programs and ultimately as the developer and monitor of school regulations. In 1993, he founded Education Management Consulting to serve teachers, parents, administrators, attorneys and others on school-safety related issues, student rights, special education and harassment. THE BULLY ACTION GUIDE is his first book.

SYDNEY EDDISON is the author of many titles on gardening. In addition, she teaches courses at the New York Botanical Gardens, writes for various gardening publications, lectures widely, and offers gardening tips on a local television station in Connecticut. She is the author of THE GARDENER’S PALETTE and GARDENING TO GO. Her most recent book is GARDENING FOR A LIFETIME: HOW TO GARDEN WISER AS YOU GROW OLDER.

JANET SASSON EDGETTE has been a practicing clinical psychologist for 25 years, and is the author of several books including THE LAST BOYS PICKED, a book about encouraging young boys who face discrimination because they are not interested or do not have a talent for sports, and STOP NEGOTIATING WITH YOUR TEEN, a parenting book that helps build bridges between parents and teens. HEADS UP! and THE RIDER'S EDGE are comprehensive guides for equestrians facing nerves and jitters, or recovering from falls. ADOLESCENT THERAPY THAT WORKS helps therapist and counselors who work with this often-challenging population.

KEITH ELLIS is a nationally known speaker, author, columnist, and business leader whose unique insights about goal-setting have made him a featured guest on talk shows nationwide. His latest book is THE MAGIC LAMP: GOAL SETTING FOR PEOPLE WHO HATE TO SET GOALS.

MERLE ELLIS, a syndicated columnist, television personality, and cookbook author, is a self-described “journeyman butcher.” His tour de force is the GREAT AMERICAN MEAT BOOK, which explains everything you need to know to buy meat knowledgeably and cook it well.

ED ENGORON is a food adventurer and creator of the online gourmet chocolate shop Choclatique. His first book, written with Mary Goodbody, is THE CHOCLATIQUE COOKBOOK, which features chocolate recipes for cakes, cookies, brownies, and more.

MARY ANN ESPOSITO, the producer and host of the long-running PBS television series Ciao Italia, is the author of ten cookbooks, including her most recent CIAO ITALIA BIG FIVE: FIVEINGREDIENT RECIPES FROM AN ITALIAN KITCHEN. She has also appeared on many shows other than her own, including Today and Live with Regis and Kelly, as well as on QVC, Lifetime and the Food Network. Her latest book is CIAO ITALIA FAMILY CLASSICS.

FLORENCE FABRICANT is a well-known columnist and food writer for the New York Times. Her book, NEW HOME COOKING: FEEDING FAMILY, FEASTING FRIENDS, won both James Beard and IACP awards. She is also the author of THE GREAT POTATO BOOK, a book of essays about the endlessly versatile and always satisfying potato, and THE NEW YORK RESTAURANT COOKBOOK: RECIPES FROM THE DINING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.

KATHY FARRELL-KINGSLEY has held various positions in the food industry for over 15 years, most recently as the food editor of Vegetarian Times magazine. She has written a number of cookbooks, including THE VEGETARIAN HANDBOOKTHE BIG BOOK OF VEGETARIAN, and CHOCOLATE THERAPY. She is at work on a unique dairy-making reference called THE HOME CREAMERY.

EMILY FARRIS has had her work published in the New York SunKansas City StarWomen’s Wear, and the Brooklyn Papers, as well as numerous publications and websites most Americans have never heard of, including her own blog at She has been featured in the New York Sun and the New York Post for her annual casserole parties, which are the subject of her first cookbook CASSEROLE CRAZY.

RONNIE FEIN is a freelance food and lifestyle writer, as well as the author of THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO COOKING BASICS and THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO AMERICAN COOKING. Her latest book is QUICK, CONTEMPORARY AND KOSHER.

GAIL FERGUSON is an educational psychologist and psychic who has worked with the FBI, Scotland Yard, and the Israeli police, among others, in helping to crack previously unsolved crimes. She is the author of CRACKING THE INTUITION CODE: UNDERSTANDING AND MASTERING YOUR INTUITIVE POWER.

ROBERT FERGUSON, PhD is a practicing psychologist and executive coach for twenty years.  He helps executives, managers, and entrepreneurs resolve conflicts and effectively influence individuals and teams. He has presented hundreds of workshops to companies and universities, and has taught graduate levels courses. In conjunction with Peter Coleman, PhD, he is the coauthor of SMART POWER, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

NEIL FINE is a leading-edge media executive and integral member of the founding editorial teams for two hugely successful content brands: ESPN The Magazine and Maxim. He is the author of 23 WAYS TO GET TO FIRST BASE: THE ESPN ENCYCLOPEDIA and the co-author of ON THE ORIGINS OF SPORTS with Gary Belsky.

GABRIEL FISCHBARG is an attorney and the author of THE GUIDE TO PICKING UP GIRLS, the definitive guide to one of the world's most mysterious art forms.

ALLISON FISHMAN is a talented and dynamic food personality and cooking instructor who has appeared on Lifetime's Cook Yourself Thin and TLC's Home Made Simple. She is the founder of The Wooden Spoon cooking school and has worked for Martha Stewart, Food Network and Atkins, among others. She is also a life coach, who helps home cooks fall in love with food and cooking, and she is working on her first cookbook, YOU CAN TRUST A SKINNY COOK.

VANNOY GENTLES FITE is a certified herbalist, aromatherapist, Ayurvedic life coach and a student of everything. Fite has published three books, Healing with Essential Oils, Essential Oils for Emotional Wellbeing and Llewellyn’s Book of Natural Remedies. She lives in Texas surrounded by her beautiful family. Fite enjoys studying natural healing methods and believes fully that the plants provided on Earth are the answers to humankind’s needs.

BOBBY FLAY is the chef and owner of three of Manhattan's hottest restaurants, Bar Americain, Mesa Grill, and Bolo, as well as Mesa Grill at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. He also has four shows on the Food Network, Hot Off the Grill with Bobby FlayFood NationBBQ with Bobby Flay and Boy Meets Grill. He is the author, with Joan Schwartz, of BOBBY FLAY'S BOLD AMERICAN FOODFROM MY KITCHEN TO YOUR TABLE; and BOY MEETS GRILL: WITH MORE THAN 125 BOLD NEW RECIPES, and with Julia Moskin, BOBBY FLAY COOKS AMERICAN and BOY GETS GRILL: 125 REASONS TO LIGHT YOUR FIRE!. His most recent book is BOBBY FLAY'S GRILLING FOR LIFE: 75 HEALTHIER IDEAS FOR BIG FLAVOR FROM THE FIRE written with Stephanie Banyas and Sally Jackson.

DR. CRYSTAL MARIE FLEMING is Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at SUNY Stony Brook. She is an award-winning writer, speaker and educator committed to empowering individuals and communities with the conceptual tools needed to understand, confront and challenge white supremacy. Her first book RESURRECTING SLAVERY: RACIAL LEGACIES AND WHITE SUPREMACY IN FRANCE uses critical race theory to significantly advance scholarship on racism in France and Europe. She is currently working on her second book, HOW TO BE LESS STUPID ABOUT RACE.

CHRISTOPHER FLETT, CEO and founder of Think Tank Communications Ltd. and a sought-after speaker, has worked one-on-one with over 1,600 business women around North America. He has lectured for professional women’s groups in international firms including Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte & Touche, RBC Dominion Securities, HSBC, CIBC, Intel, and Women in Communications/Global Television. His first book is WHAT MEN DON’T TELL WOMEN ABOUT BUSINESS.

MARY FLYNN, PhD, RD, LDN, is an assistant professor of medicine in research at Brown University and a research dietitian and outpatient oncology dietitian for The Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. She is also the founder of Raising the Bar on Nutrition, a program which provides food and demonstrations of healthy meals to food pantry clients. She is the co-author of LOW FAT LIES, HIGH FAT FRAUDS, and speaks widely on diet and nutrition. Her latest, with Nancy Verde Barr, is THE PINK RIBBON DIET, a plan designed for the overweight breast cancer patient those concerned about developing the disease.

THOM FORBES is a journalist, editor, speaker, and consultant specializing in new media content and marketing. He is the author, with Robert McMath, of WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?: MARKETING LESSONS I'VE LEARNED FROM OVER 80,000 NEW-PRODUCT INNOVATIONS AND IDIOCIES and is working on ROI MARKETING: THE ARTFUL SCIENCE OF BUILDING AND SELLING BRANDS.

JOHN FORSTER is a four-time Grammy nominee, award-winning humorist, songwriter, record producer, and performer. Many of his songs have appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, and he has written songs for everyone from Dr. Ruth Westheimer to the Olsen twins. His “Sing Me the Story of Your Day” was sung by Faith Hill on the 2006 Grammy-winning Thanks & Giving, and his work has been recorded by artists including Judy Collins, Rosanne Cash, Christine Lavin, and Tom Chapin. His latest, written with co-author Marc Segan, is THE BSAT OFFICIAL STUDY GUIDE: 250 QUESTIONS YOU’LL NEVER SEE ON THE SAT.

SONDRA FORSYTH is an award-winning writer and co-author with 30 years experience in magazine and book publishing. A contributing editor to Ladies' Home Journal, she has authored or co-authored nine nonfiction books, including FORGET THE FACELIFT with Dr. Doris J. Day. Her most recent book, with Dr. Marie Savard, is ASK DR. MARIE, an informative and entertaining guide to women's health.

DEAN FOSTER is the author of several business-travel books, including BARGAINING ACROSS BORDERS and the GLOBAL ETIQUETTE GUIDE series, which includes books on Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Mexico and Latin America.

ZOË FRANÇOIS is the co-author, with Jeff Hertzberg, of the nationally acclaimed Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, and more. Her newest book ZOË BAKES CAKES is forthcoming from Ten Speed Press in 2021. She was formally trained as a pastry chef at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York. Since then she has been the executive pastry chef at several Twin Cities’ restaurants, working with nationally recognized chefs including Andrew Zimmern. She teaches at Cooks of Crocus Hill, Whole Foods, The University of Minnesota and other cooking schools around the country.

MARK FRANZ is the head chef and a partner at Farallon in the heart of San Francisco. The restaurant has received numerous accolades and awards since its opening in June 1997. His first book, written with Lisa Weiss, is THE FARALLON COOKBOOK.

CLARK FRASIER is a co-owner of Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine. He began his career in the food industry working with Jeremiah Tower at Stars Restaurant. He and his partner, Mark Gaier, are the authors of THE ARROWS COOKBOOK, written with Max Alexander, which is full of stories and recipes from their garden and restaurant.

JACKIE FREDERICK-BERNER is cofounder of The Good Birth Company. She has been an award-winning writer and video producer for over 15 years. Her most recent, BabySafe, a child safety video for new parents, won first place in the American Medical Association's International Health and Medical Film Competition, and received a Parent's Choice Award, the nation's highest honor given to children's toys, media and parenting information. She is the co-author, with Dr. Amen Ness and Lisa Gould Rubin, of THE BIRTH THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU.

LYNN FREDERICKS is a well-respected journalist whose book, COOKING TIME IS FAMILY TIME: COOKING TOGETHER, EATING TOGETHER, AND SPENDING TIME TOGETHER, teaches parents and children to work together in the kitchen. In addition to writing, she is a restaurant consultant and culinary instructor known for her highly creative approach to food preparation.

MARK GAIER is a co-owner of Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine. He began his career in the food industry working with Jeremiah Tower at Stars Restaurant. He and his partner, Clark Frasier, are the authors of THE ARROWS COOKBOOK, written with Max Alexander, which is full of stories and recipes from their garden and restaurant.

W. TIMOTHY GALLWEY is the author of several international bestsellers, including THE INNER GAME OF TENNIS and THE INNER GAME OF GOLF. In 1997, he joined with Drs. Edd Hanzelik and John Horton to apply the principles of the inner game to their specialty of managing and relieving chronic stress. For ten years the three refined and offered a seminar on the subject. Out of their collaboration comes the book THE INNER GAME OF STRESS.

GALE GAND is an owner of Chicago’s Tru, and the author, with Rick Tramonto and Mary Goodbody, of TRU: A COOKBOOK FROM THE LEGENDARY CHICAGO RESTAURANT. With Rick Tramonto and Julia Moskin, she has written AMERICAN BRASSERIE; BUTTER, SUGAR, FLOUR, EGGS; and JUST A BITE; and with Julia Moskin, SHORT AND SWEET. She is the author, with Lisa Weiss, of CHOCOLATE AND VANILLA, and her latest, with Christie Matheson, is GALE GAND’S BRUNCH!: 100 FANTASTIC RECIPES FOR THE WEEKEND’S BEST MEAL. She is currently at work on GALE GAND’S LUNCH! with Christie Matheson.

BETH GARDINER is a London-based journalist covering environment, climate and energy. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal and The Times (London), among others. For ten years, she covered politics, culture, breaking news and more as a reporter in the Associated Press's New York and London bureaus, traveling to the Middle East, China and India on reporting assignments. In 2005, she spent a month in Aceh and Jakarta, Indonesia, reporting on the aftermath of the Asian tsunami as part of an AP team honored with a National Headliner Award for its coverage of that disaster. She is the recipient of a Society of Environmental Journalists’ Fund for Environmental Journalism grant and is currently focused on air pollution’s impact on public health in countries from Poland and India to the United States and Britain. She is a fellow of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. Her first book CHOKED: LIFE AND BREATH IN THE AGE OF AIR POLLUTION is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press and Portobello Books in the UK.

ARLEN GARGAGLIANO, acclaimed writer of English language textbooks, has co-authored chef and restaurateur Rafael Palomino's cookbooks, VIVA LA VIDANUEVA SALSA; and FIESTA LATINA. She is also the author of MAMBO MIXERS, and CALYPSO COOLERS, which takes the reader on a trip through the islands one cocktail and appetizer at a time. Her latest with Rafael Palomino is THE LATIN GRILL.

COLBY GARRELTS and MEGAN GARRELTS are the co-owners/chefs of the Kansas City-based Bluestem restaurant. They are the authors of THE BLUESTEM PERENNIAL CUISINE COOKBOOK, with Bonjwing Lee, featuring recipes which incorporate their style of flavorful, progressive American cuisine.

MARK GARVEY is an editor of Writer's Market and a contributor to various other publications. He is the author of WAITING FOR MARY, a personal report on the apparitions of the Virgin Mary that he has attended throughout the U.S., and STYLIZED: A SLIGHTLY OBSESSIVE HISTORY OF STRUNK & WHITE’S THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE.

CATHERINE GEIER began working at Café Flora in 1993 and became Executive Chef four years later. She is now heading the café's special projects and publications and has taken on the role of Chef and Director of Food Services for Tierra Learning Center retreat, a Café Flora affiliate. Most recently, she worked on THE CAFÉ FLORA COOKBOOK with the late Scott Glascock.

JILL GEISLER is the inaugural Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity and the Loyola University Chicago. She was previously at the Poynter Institute. Starting as a reporter and anchor, she became a news director at age 27 and was the country’s first woman to lead the TV newsroom of a major market network affiliate.  She is the author of WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW, a book that provides practical tools to improve performance in the workplace.

TIEGHAN GERARD is an author, food photographer, stylist, and recipe developer. Her blog, Half Baked Harvest, features a hearty mix of savory, sweet, healthy, and indulgent recipes... with a good amount of chocolate. She believes every diet should include a little bit of chocolate because balance is the key to life! Her first book is HALF BAKED HARVEST COOKBOOK, which will be followed by a super simple Half Baked Harvest book.

ANNA GETTY is the author of I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas and the forthcoming Easy Green Organic. She is a chef and holistic lifestyle expert as well as Kundalini Yoga teacher. She sits on the board of Healthy Child Healthy World, The Environmental Media Association and is the founder of Pregnancy Awareness month, which educates women about pregnancy and birth.

RABBI MATTHEW GEWIRTZ is the Senior Rabbi at Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, New Jersey. He also serves on the Wellness Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Golden Rabbinic Recruitment Committee at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. His first book is THE GIFT OF GRIEF.

D.B. GILLES has taught in the undergraduate film and television department of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for over 15 years and is the author of THE SCREENWRITER WITHIN: HOW TO TURN THE MOVIE IN YOUR HEAD INTO A SALEABLE SCREENPLAY. With Sheldon Woodbury, he is the co-author of W: THE FIRST 100 DAYS, a satirical look at our tongue-tied commander in chief. He is also the author of the popular book THE PORTABLEFILMSCHOOL: EVERYTHING YOU’D LEARN IN FILMSCHOOL (WITHOUT EVER GOING TO CLASS). He is currently at work on the forthcoming book, WRITER’S REHAB.

LYNN GINSBURG is a freelance writer with a longtime interest in nutrition and health. She has contributed to a number of publications, including the Los Angeles Times and Walking. She is the author, with Mary Taylor, of WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR? WOMEN, FOOD AND SPIRITUALITY. Together, Taylor and Ginsburg conduct Women, Food and Spirituality workshops nationwide.

PHYLLIS GLAZER is the only American-born food journalist living in Israel who writes in both Hebrew and English. She has contributed to the Los Angeles TimesBon AppétitSaveur and the AP, holds a regular column in Yediot Aharonot, and is the author of several books. Her most recent, written with her sister, Dr. Miriyam Glazer, is THE ESSENTIAL BOOK OF JEWISH FESTIVAL COOKING. She is at work on an exciting new cookbook.


ANDREW GOLDSTEIN, M.D., is a noted gynecologist who has lectured extensively on female sexuality. With Dr. Marianne Brandon, he is a co-founder of the Sexual Wellness Center in Annapolis, Maryland, and co-author of RECLAIMING DESIRE: FOUR KEYS TO FINDING YOUR LOST LIBIDO. He is also the author with his co-author Caroline Pukall of WHEN SEX HURTS: A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO BANISHING SEXUAL PAIN.

RICHARD GRAUSMAN is the former exclusive U.S. representative to the prestigious Cordon Bleu in Paris. He is the author of AT HOME WITH THE FRENCH CLASSICS and the founder of the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, which brings the fundamentals of French cooking to high school students. FRENCH CLASSICS MADE EASY is a revised edition of his first book.

LELAND GREGORY, the “official chronicler of human stupidity,” is a former writer for Saturday Night Live and author of over 20 books, including several New York Times Bestsellers. His most recent books are 50 SHADES OF DUMB: TRUE STORIES OF STRANGE AND SCREWY SEX and 50 Things Not to Do after 50: From Naming Your Pets after Tolkien Characters to Signaling “Peace Out” to Your Friends.

FRED GRIFFITH and LINDA GRIFFITH have written many cookbooks together, including GARLIC, GARLIC, GARLIC and ONIONS, ONIONS, ONIONS, winner of a James Beard Award. Their latest collaboration is NUTS! RECIPES FROM AROUND THE WORLD THAT FEATURE NATURE'S PERFECT INGREDIENT.

BLYTHE GROSSBERG, PSY.D, is an organizational psychologist and professional career counselor. She is also the author of MAKING ADD WORK: ON THE JOB STRATEGIES FOR COPING WITH ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER.

RICHARD GROVES founded the Sacred Art of Living Center which offers spiritual programs and retreats focusing on action and contemplation. His first book, THE AMERICAN BOOK OF DYING combines his background in ministry, theology, and hospice care to guide those providing support for a dying loved one.

BILL GURSTELLE is a professional engineer and the author of BACKYARD BALLISTICS, a guide to building ballistic devices such as potato cannons, paper match rockets, and tennis ball mortars; THE ART OF THE CATAPULTADVENTURES FROM THE TECHNOLOGY UNDERGROUND: CATAPULTS, PULSEJETS, RAIL GUNS, FLAMETHROWERS, TESLA COILS, AIR CANNONS, AND THE GARAGE WARRIORS WHO LOVE THEM, which explores Bill’s travels in the subculture of amateur inventors; WHOOSH BOOM SPLAT: THE GARAGE WARRIOR’S GUIDE TO BUILDING PROJECTILE SHOOTERS; and ABSINTHE AND FLAMETHROWERS: PROJECTS AND RUMINATIONS ON THE ART OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY. His latest is THE PRACTICAL PYROMANIAC, a collection of clever projects and stories that explores the total concept of fire, and a revised edition of BACKYARD BALLISTICS. He is currently at work on DEFENDING YOUR CASTLE, which will provide wild yet accurate plans for the modern homeowner worried about invasions by the Huns and other marauding armies.

KIM HAASARUD has worked in the food & beverage industry since graduating high school, bartending her way through college in New York City. Haasarud eventually formed her own company, Liquid Architecture, creating original beverage and bar concepts for a wide range of clients from beverage companies to marketing groups to weddings. Her books are 101 MARGARITAS, 101 MARTINIS101 SANGRIAS101 CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS, 101 BLENDER DRINKS, and 101 MOJITOS AND MUDDLED DRINKS. She is now working on 101 SHOTS and 101 TROPICAL DRINKS.

SCOTT HAMILTON is a four-time U.S. national champion figure skater, four-time world champion and the 1984 Olympic gold medalist. He is also a network TV skating commentator, best-selling author, actor, performer, producer, Emmy nominee, co-creator of Stars on Ice,and a survivor of testicular cancer and a brain tumor. His first book was the New York Times bestselling memoir, LANDING IT. His latest, with Ken Baker, is THE GREAT EIGHT: HOW TO BE HAPPY (EVEN WHEN YOU HAVE EVERY REASON TO BE MISERABLE).

J.P. HANSEN is an award-winning, bestselling author of three books, a professional speaker and life coach. His first two books, THE BLISS LIST: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING THE DREAM AT WORK AND BEYOND and THE BLISS LIST JOURNAL have garnered several awards. He has been interviewed as a career expert on countless television shows, print publications, and radio. His latest book is PINK SLIPS AND GLASS SLIPPERS.

DR. EDD HANZELIK is the co-founder with Dr. John Horton of a medical practice currently located in Westlake Village, California, which focuses on treating the whole person, encouraging the individual’s full participation in his or her own care, and trusting the innate healing capacity of the human body. In 1997, he, Horton, and bestselling author of The Inner Game of Tennis, W. Timothy Gallwey, joined together to apply the principles of the inner game to managing and relieving chronic stress. For ten years the three refined and offered a seminar on the subject. Out of their collaboration comes the book THE INNER GAME OF STRESS.

CHEF MAXCEL HARDY is the personal chef to NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire, founder of One Chef Can 86 Hunger, and culinary entrepreneur who has been featured in Bon Appetit, has developed his own chef apparel line and appeared on an episode of Chopped. He is the co-author, with Amar’e, of COOKING WITH AMAR’E, which highlights his time in the kitchen teaching Amar’e Stoudemire to cook for family and friends. His next cookbook will be THE MARLEY COFFEE COOKBOOK, which he is writing with Rohan Marley, son of Bob Marley, and founder of Marley Coffee.

KELLY HARRIS of YES, PLEASE DESIGNS, along with Paige Appel of BASH EVENTS, are the two creative gals behind BASH, PLEASE, a full service event production and design house. Together they offer their clients everything from paper design, logistical management, event design, florals, prop building, vendor curation, decor sourcing; everything from soup to nuts! Taking cues from the artful, the vintage, the modern, the crafty, the textured, the natural, they create seamless events that showcase their clients’ sensibility without the stress of fussy over-production. Vibrant and innovative are two words they like to keep in mind when approaching a new bash. They live in Los Angeles and travel nationwide to produce events for their clients. They are also the co-creators of THE CREAM (formerly known as Hitched). A modern, hip, experiential take on the bridal and, they are at work on their first book, which is forthcoming from Rizzoli.

SAMANTHA HARRIS cohosted Dancing with the Stars for eight seasons, garnering two Emmy nominations, and served as correspondent and weekend host on Entertainment Tonight, where she earned two more Emmy nominations and a win. A certified personal trainer, she has appeared on the covers of numerous health and fitness magazines. She  is a breast cancer survivor, creator of the foundation Gotta Made Lemonade and the author of YOUR HEALTHIEST

JENNY HART is a talented and innovative craft artist and creator of the successful website, She specializes in embroidered portraits and designs. Her first published work is STITCH-IT KIT, a beautifully designed kit containing a book and all the makings for unique embroidered handmade designs. Her next kit will be STITCH 'EM UP.

JEFFREY HERTZBERG has been a physician, university professor, information technology consultant, and amateur cellist, but he is decidedly not a food professional. Nevertheless, he has developed and perfected a rapid method for recreating handmade European artisanal breads at home. That technique is the subject of his bestselling first four books, with pastry chef and baker Zoë François, ARTISAN BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY; HEALTHY BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY; PIZZA AND FLATBREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY; and the newly published THE NEW ARTISAN BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY. The pair are currently at work on their latest book, GLUTEN-FREE BREAD.

PHAEDRA HISE is a freelance journalist who currently writes most frequently for the Wall StreetJournal and Inc. She is a former staff writer for Inc and former contributor to Fortune Small Business.  Her award-winning work has been anthologized and published in national magazines including AARPGlamour, Salon, Forbes, Popular Mechanics, and Ladies’ Home Journal. She is the author of several nonfiction books, including GROWING YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE. Also an experienced pilot, she is the author of PILOT ERROR: THE ANATOMY OF A PLANE CRASH, about Ron Sinzheimer’s fatal light-craft crash and how even a well-trained pilot can easily slip into trouble. Her latest is THE SECRET LIVES OF HOARDERS with Matt Paxton about his experiences assisting those with obsessive-compulsive hoarding problems.

JOHN HLINKO is a consultant working to build movements and buzz at the grassroots and consumer levels using online technology and creative communications. He helped lead in its early days and has worked extensively with Fortune 500 clients such as Wal-Mart and Microsoft. His first book is SHARE, RETWEET, REPEAT: GET YOUR MESSAGE READ AND SPREAD.

DR. STEVE J. HODGES is a fellowship-trained pediatric urologist and assistant professor of pediatric urology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.  He has authored numerous textbook chapters and peer-reviewed articles in top journals, and his areas of interest in research include the causes and treatments for dysfunctional elimination, scar prevention following surgery, and novel imaging studies in children.  He is the author of IT’S NO ACCIDENT, written with Suzanne Schlosberg.

ROBIN HOGARTH is one of the founders of the judgment and decision making research field. He is currently an Emeritus Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain and Emeritus Research Professor of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He was awarded the degree of “doctor honoris causa” by the University of Lausanne (2007). He has consulted with numerous organizations in Europe and the United States on issues of decision making and management education, including Shell, Exxon, GE, Aga, L’Oréal, UOP and CEDEP. He has authored more than a hundred scholarly articles on the psychology of decision making in leading scholarly journals and published eight books in the field of behavioral decision making. His personal webpage is

SARAH STEWART HOLLAND is the cohost of the bipartisan political podcast Pantsuit Politics and the podcast The Nuanced Life. A 9th generation Kentuckian, she also serves as a City Commissioner in her hometown of Paducah, KY. She is a wife, mother of three sons, and proud Episcopalian. 

BAMBI HOLZER has been a financial consultant for over 20 years, championing a balanced, comprehensive approach to wealth management. Founder of Bambi Holzer Financial Group, she is the author of three books including GETTING YOURS: IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO HAVE THE WEALTH YOU WANT. Her fourth project is FINANCIAL BLISS, a guide for couples on how to increase their assets.

DR. JOHN HORTON is the co-founder with Dr. Edd Hanzelik of a medical practice currently located in Westlake Village, California, which focuses on treating the whole person, encouraging the individual’s full participation in his or her own care, and trusting the innate healing capacity of the human body. In 1997, he, Hanzelik, and bestselling author of The Inner Game of Tennis, W. Timothy Gallwey, joined together to apply the principles of the inner game to managing and relieving chronic stress. For ten years the three refined and offered a seminar on the subject. Out of their collaboration comes THE INNER GAME OF STRESS.

MANDY INGBER is one of the most popular yoga and fitness instructors in Los Angeles. For over 15 years, she has maintained a notable roster of clients, including Jennifer Aniston, Helen Hunt, Woody Harrelson and Brooke Shields. After being highlighted in a 2006 edition of Vogue, she and Aniston were featured together in a Self magazine yoga story and photo spread in which Aniston named her as the reason she began practicing yoga. Her first book is the New York Times bestselling YOGALOSOPHY, which provides an accessible program of proven workouts and eating guidelines, building off of her popular DVD of the same name. Ingber is currently working on a follow-up, YOGALOSOPHY FOR HEARTBREAK which combines inspirational personal and client stories with tried and true exercises and actions to enable healing after heartbreak.

RAGHAVAN IYER was named by as one of the top 100 influencers ever for home cooks in 2017 (alongside names like Julia Child and James Beard), and is the author of 6 critically acclaimed books (BETTY CROCKER’S INDIAN HOME COOKING, THE TURMERIC TRAIL, 660 CURRIES, ASIAN FLAVORS (as co-author), INDIAN COOKING UNFOLDED, SMASHED MASHED BOILED AND BAKED…AND FRIED TOO!) and has three James Beard Awards (one win and two finalists), one Emmy, and two IACP (formerly the Julia Child Awards) awards for cooking teacher of the year and a cookbook award. He is currently working on THE MASTER OF ALL CURRIES: 50 ESSENTIAL CURRIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD (Workman Publishing). He is a spokesperson for many international clients and is a consultant for innumerable restaurants across the country. He has been featured numerous times in the New York Times, and is a frequent guest on The Splendid Table. He leads culinary tours yearly to the Indian subcontinent. His website is .

ELLEN JACKSON is an accomplished food writer. Her most recent book is THE GRAND CENTRAL BAKING BOOK, with co-author Piper Davis, a book of recipes from the family-owned bakeries in Portland and Seattle.

DEBRA JAY is a nationally renowned interventionist. Debra has counseled alcoholics and addicts for the Hazelden Foundation, been a guest on Oprah several times, and has been a columnist for the Grosse Pointe News for the past eight years. She is the author of LOVE FIRST and her latest is NO MORE LETTING GO, about the proactive tactics families and loved ones of addicts can use to aid recovery. Her latest book is titled ALCOHOL: THE WHOLE STORY. She is currently at work on a new book titled MAKING IT TOGETHER.

STEVE JENKINS is the first American to be awarded France's prestigious Chevalier du Taste-Fromage and has personally re-vamped the cheese counters at Dean & DeLuca, the Fairway Market, Balducci's, and other specialty shops. His latest is FOOD LIFE: INSIDE THE WORLD OF FOOD WITH THE GROCER EXTRAORDINAIRE AT FAIRWAY, with recipes by Mitchel London.

Writer, editor and author LISA JHUNG thrives on bringing to life the sports she loves. She’s been published in dozens of magazines over the past 15 years, including: Backpacker, Competitor, Cosmo, Details, Fitness, Men's Health, Men's Journal, Mental Floss, Mountain, Outside, Outside Buyer's Guide, Runner's World, Shape, and more. Jhung is the author of TRAILHEAD: The Dirt on All Things Trail Running Velo Press) and also writes advertising copy, freelances as an editor, and writes and manages content marketing projects. Her latest, RUNNING THAT DOESN’T SUCK is forthcoming from Running Press in Spring 2019.

NED JOHNSON is the founder and president of PrepMatters, Inc., a company of remarkably cool test-prep geeks based in Bethesda, Maryland. Since college, he has spent some 25,000 hours preparing others to grapple with various standardized tests and their own reactions to them. His first book is CONQUERING THE SAT: HOW PARENTS CAN HELP TEENS BEAT ANXIETY AND SUCCEED, written with Emily Warner Eskelsen.

MAYA KAIMAL wrote CURRIED FAVORS: FAMILY RECIPES FROM SOUTH INDIA, which won the 1996 IACP Julia Child Best First Cookbook Award. She continues to explore the fabulous cuisine of the tropical, coastal state from which her family hails with SAVORING THE SPICE COAST OF INDIA: FRESH FLAVORS FROM KERALA. She has recently founded her own line of foods called Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods and is at work on her next Indian cookbook.

DAVID KARP is widely known for his articles about fruits, exotic and otherwise. His articles have appeared in the New York TimesGourmet, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has been written about in The New Yorker. He is working on his first book, FRUIT CONNOISSEURSHIP, which survey's 35 different fruits, analyzing the factors that affect their quality in an effort to understand the difference between the finest full-flavored fruit and mediocre commercial offerings.

LYNNE ROSSETTO KASPER is a well-known and widely admired author and American Public Media radio host. THE SPLENDID TABLE, her first cookbook, won Best Cookbook of the Year awards from both the James Beard Foundation and the IACP in 1992. She is also the author of THE ITALIAN COUNTRY TABLE and THE SPLENDID TABLE’S HOW TO EAT SUPPER: RECIPES, STORIES, AND OPINIONS FROM PUBLIC RADIO’S AWARD-WINNING FOOD SHOW, with Sally Swift. Her latest, also with Swift, is the follow-up, entitled THE SPLENDID TABLE’S HOW TO EAT…WEEKENDS.

DR. DAVID L. KATZ is President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. A board-certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health and Internal Medicine, Dr. Katz earned his BA from Dartmouth College; his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and his MPH from the Yale School of Public Health. He has two honorary doctorates, and has been awarded the status of Fellow in recognition of career contributions by the American College of Preventive Medicine; the American College of Physicians; and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Katz has published roughly 200 peer-reviewed papers, and secured and managed over $40 million in research funding. He has provided patient care for 25 years. Occupying a unique niche at the interface of academic respect and pop-culture influence, Dr. Katz has also authored many hundreds of blogs and columns, and amassed an on-line following of well over 600,000. Founder of the global True Health Initiative, Dr. Katz has devoted his entire career to clarifying the fundamental, actionable, evidence-based truths about healthy living and eating, and developing innovative resources to help people translate that knowledge into power. Dr. Katz, and his wife Catherine, founder of and a PhD in neuroscience from Princeton University, have 5 children. His latest book, THE TRUTH ABOUT FOOD, is forthcoming from Harper One.

BARBARA KELLEY and SHANNON KELLEY are a mother-daughter team and the authors of UNDECIDED. Barbara Kelley is the director of the Journalism program at Santa Clara University. Her work appears in: The Los Angeles Times; The San Francisco ChronicleTheChristian Science Monitor; TheSan Jose Mercury News; Health;Parenting; RedbookUtne Reader and Shannon Kelley is a freelance writer based in Santa Barbara. She writes a regular column for the Santa Barbara Independent, and her work has also appeared in Woman’s DaySanta Barbara MagazineThe Arizona Republic and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as online publications including

RACHEL KEMPSTER is the marketing and publicity director for a major publisher. She and her writing partner, Meg Leder, are the authors of THE HAPPY BOOKTHE SECRET ME BOOK, THE YOU AND ME BOOK, as well as the forthcoming BIG ME, LITTLE YOU.

ERICA KESWIN is a workplace strategist who has worked for the past twenty years with some of the most iconic brands in the world as a consultant, speaker, author, and professional dot-connector. Her work and insights can be seen in varied media outlets, including New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Huffington Post, O Magazine, Entrepreneur, Better Homes and Gardens, Mogul, Conscious Company, Quartz, and Fast Company. Recent keynotes, workshops, and webinars include the American Red Cross, SXSW, TIAA, IBM, New York Times, HighTower Associates, AllianceBernstein, Rodan + Fields, YPO Women’s Leaning In Conference, Kellogg School of Management, Douglas Elliman, ISG (Information Services Group), Wharton Alumni Club of New York, Virtuoso Travel, WorkHuman, Après Group, Revolution Prep Tutoring, Propelify Innovation Festival, The Next Web (TNW) New York, Presidents of Enterprising Organizations (PEO), and the Girls’ Lounge. Keswin is also the founder of the Spaghetti Project, a platform devoted to sharing the science and stories of relationships at work.

GURMUKH KHALSA, an internationally renowned teacher of Kundalini yoga, is a pioneer in the field of mind-body-spirit connection. She has been a popular speaker all over the world and has many prominent and devoted students, including Courtney Love, David Duchovny, Judith Light, and Madonna, among others. THE EIGHT HUMAN TALENTS, co-authored with Cathryn Michon, distills her nearly 40 years of practice into a single guide to living a more spiritually centered life. Her latest title is BOUNTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BLISSFUL, with Samantha Dunn, a book about pregnancy and yoga.

PHOEBE KITANIDIS is a longtime contributor at Discovery Girls magazine and author of their 2007 book FAB GIRLS GUIDE TO FRIENDSHIP HARDSHIP.  She’s on the board of International Training Associates, a non-profit organization working to reduce poverty and create safe, healthy, and respectful communities that foster human dignity. Her young adult fiction includes the novels WHISPER and GLIMMER. She is currently at work on her follow-up.

MONICA RICH KOSANN is the award-winning, critically acclaimed fine arts photographer and creator of a successful line of image keepsakes sold in high end retailers across the country. She’s even had her own card line at Hallmark. Her upcoming book, LIVING WITH MEMORIES, will illustrate with beautiful photography how to create, capture, cherish, and live with family memories via photographs, heirlooms and collectibles.

PEGGY KOTSOPOULOS is a registered holistic nutritionist, health educator, and culinary consultant. She is the founder and principal of be Vibrant, a wellness consultancy in Toronto that develops wellness programs servicing large corporate clients, schools, and various food establishments. She regularly appears as the resident nutritionist on CBC’s Steven and Chris. She is currently at work on a revised edition of her debut holistic nutrition guide, now titled KITCHEN CURES.

CAROLE KOTKIN is currently the director of the Ocean Reef Culinary Center in Key Largo, Florida and compiled the first Zagat guide to south Florida restaurants. With Kathy Martin, the food editor of the Miami Herald, she has written MMMMIAMI, a zesty cookbook which brings tropical tastes to home cooks everywhere.

ELLIE KRIEGER is a registered dietician and well-known nutritionist. She is the author of SMALL CHANGES, BIG RESULTS, with co-writer Kelly James-Enger; the New York Times bestseller THE FOOD YOU CRAVE; SO EASY: LUSCIOUS, HEALTHY RECIPES FOR EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK; and COMFORT FOOD FIX. She was also the health and nutritional advisor for the nationally syndicated wellness and fitness television series Living Better and is the owner of In Balance, a nutrition consulting company. Her latest cookbook is the updated version of SMALL CHANGES, BIG RESULTS, again with co-writer Kelly James-Enger. She is currently at work on WEEKNIGHT WONDERS, a new cookbook focusing on weeknight cooking.

LOUIS LAGRAND has been a teacher and counselor dealing with death and bereavement for over 25 years. He was active in the emergency response network and debriefing team for the Nassau County (NY) Medical Examiner’s office for the TWA Flight 800 disaster. He is the author of several books on the unusual experiences of the bereaved including AFTER-DEATH COMMUNICATION: FINAL FAREWELLSMESSAGES & MIRACLES; and LOVE LIVES ON. His latest is HEALING GRIEF, FINDING PEACE, a book that offers its readers a unique way of dealing with grief by empowering them to take control of it.

JACK LEBEWOHL and SHARON LEBEWOHL are the brother and daughter of slain restaurateur Abe Lebewohl who was killed outside the famed New York City eatery, The Second Avenue Deli. THE SECOND AVENUE DELI COOKBOOK is a tribute to Abe's memory and to the wonderful Jewish food served at the restaurant.

DOROTHY LEEDS is an internationally known business, sales, and communications consultant, media commentator and motivational speaker. Her 10 books include POWERSPEAKMARKETING YOURSELF; the original SMART QUESTIONS; and seven titles in the SMART QUESTIONS series. Her most recent title is THE SEVEN POWERS OF QUESTIONS.

AMY LEMLEY is on the research faculty at the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and has been a journalist for 25 years, focusing largely on health, psychology, and scientific topics. Her articles have appeared in NewsweekPhysicians’ Practice, and Health Talk, among other publications. She is the co-author of four books, including ALL THE RICHES OF JOB, by Chuck Lewis as told to Amy Lemley; THE CAN-DO EATING PLAN FOR OVERWEIGHT KIDS AND TEENS, by Michelle Daum; and THE DREAM SOURCEBOOK, by Phyllis Koch-Sheras, Ph.D. She is also the co-author of BEYOND SHYNESS: HOW TO CONQUER SOCIAL ANXIETIES and WORK MAKES ME NERVOUS: OVERCOME ANXIETY AND BUILD THE CONFIDENCE TO SUCCEED, by Jonathan Berent, A.C.S.W.

RABBI ROBERT N. LEVINE is the leader of the Congregation Rodeph Sholom, one of New York's most dynamic Reform synagogues. He is also the author of WHERE ARE YOU WHEN I NEED YOU? BEFRIENDING GOD WHEN LIFE HURTS and THERE IS NO MESSIAH AND YOU'RE IT. His latest is WHAT GOD CAN DO FOR YOUR NOW: FOR SEEKERS WHO WANT TO BELIEVE.

FAYE LEVY is an award-winning author and a cooking columnist for the Jerusalem Post. She has written cookbooks in three languages and is the author of FAYE LEVY’S FEAST FROM THE MIDEAST. Her latest is HEALTHY COOKING FOR THE JEWISH HOME.

SCOTT LINQUIST was born in Los Angeles and raised on exceptional Mexican food. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and former instructor at the California School for the Culinary Arts, he has worked at Boulevard in San Francisco, Gotham Bar and Grill in New York, and as executive chef at California's renowned Border Grill and New York's Arizona 206. He is the author with Joanna Pruess of MOD MEX: VIBRANT FIESTA FLAVORS AT HOME.

JACQUELINE LIPTON is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and developing online courses in law for non-lawyers (Seton Hall University). Lipton also teaches basic writing and publishing classes (both online and in person), and acts as a freelance editor and literary consultant. Her scholarship focuses on law and digital technology, as well as law and the creative arts.  Prior to her academic career, she worked in commercial and finance law in Australia. She is the co-author of CYBERSPACE LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS and has authored RETHINKING CYBERLAW, INTERNET DOMAIN NAMES, TRADEMARKS, AND FREE SPEECH, as well as SECURITY OVER INTANGIBLE PROPERTY. Her latest book, LAW & AUTHORS is forthcoming from University of California Press.

THE LOBEL FAMILY owns M. Lobel & Sons, the renowned New York butcher shop. They have written five books together, as well as two syndicated columns. Their most recent books are LOBEL'S PRIME CUTS: THE BEST MEAT AND POULTRY RECIPES FROM AMERICA'S MASTER BUTCHERSLOBELS' MEAT AND WINE; and LOBEL'S MEAT BIBLE, all written with Mary Goodbody.

SUSAN HERRMANN LOOMIS is a France-based, award-winning author with ten books to her credit, a professionally trained chef, and a cooking school proprietor. Included among her titles are THE GREAT AMERICAN SEAFOOD COOKBOOK, FARMHOUSE COOKBOOK, CLAMBAKES AND FISH FRIES, FRENCH FARMHOUSE COOKBOOK, ITALIAN FARMHOUSE COOKBOOK, (all Workman Publishing, Inc.), ON RUE TATIN (Broadway Books. 2001) a narrative about her life in France, with recipes which won the IACP best literary food book for 2002, TARTE TATIN (Harper Collins, 2003), COOKING AT HOME ON RUE TATIN (WILLIAM MORROW 2005), NUTS IN THE KITCHEN (Harper Collins, 2010) and IN A FRENCH KITCHEN (Gotham, 2015). Her latest, FRENCH GRILL,  is just out with Countryman Press (June 2018).

MITCHEL LONDON was the chef for former New York City Mayor Ed Koch and is currently the owner of Mitchel London Foods. He has consulted with and created menus for, among others, The Café and The Steakhouse at Fairway Market, the Montauk Yacht Club in New York, and Jakarta’s B.A.T.S. Steakhouse in the Shangri La Hotel. His first book, with Joan Schwartz, was THE MITCHEL LONDON GRACIE MANSION COOKBOOK. He has recently worked with Steve Jenkins on his THE FOOD LIFE, the Fairway Market cookbook.

ERIN LOWRY is the founder, editor, and chief writer of the popular blog Broke Millennial. The go-to source on matters relating to millennials and money, she is a regular contributor to U.S. News and World Report and has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in Forbes, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Her first book, BROKE MILLENNIAL, based on her blog, will be published by Tarcher/Perigee in 2017.

EMILY LUCHETTI is the executive pastry chef at two busy and high-profile restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, Farallon and Waterbar, and Nick’s Cove on California’s coastal Tomales Bay. She is the author of numerous cookbooks including STARS DESSERTSFOUR STAR DESSERTSA PASSION FOR DESSERTSA PASSION FOR ICE CREAM, for which she took home an IACP Cookbook Award for best single subject cookbook; and CLASSIC STARS DESSERTS. Her most recent book is THE FEARLESS BAKER, written with Lisa Weiss, which is a guide for the baking beginner.

WENDY LUSTBADER is a well-known keynote speaker and expert media commentator on aging. She is the author of WHAT’S WORTH KNOWING, in which 70-, 80-, and 90-year-olds share the single most important piece of knowledge each has gained in their lifetimes. Her latest is LIFE GETS BETTER, an ode to getting older and the ways we grow as we age.

MICHAEL LYNBERG is the author of several highly acclaimed books that convey the strength, resilience, and creativity of the human spirit, including MEOW TE CHINGTHE STORY OF THE OTHER WISE MAN; and MAKE EACH DAY YOUR MASTERPIECE.

LAZARUS LYNCH is a 22-year old Chef, Multimedia Host, Multi-Artist, and the face behind the popular brand, Son of a Southern Chef. New York City born and raised, Lazarus stepped into the kitchen at an early age under the tutelage of his father, Johnny Ray Lynch, a southern chef from Bessemer, Alabama. In 2014, Lazarus created Son of a Southern Chef, dedicated to his father's southern cooking, and building the next generation of soulful cooks in the world. He is a host on the ABC Network digital series, Tastemade Get Cookin'. He is a featured host on the Webby award-ed mobile site and app, Tastemade and Tastemade's Snapchat Discover. Lazarus appears on Amazon and Apple TV where he shares original and family inspired recipes, and unfolds stories of food around the country. He has been a guest on several Food Network shows including Emmy-nominated, The Kitchen, The Kitchen Sink, and judges for Chopped Junior, Beat Bobby Flay, and The Today Show. He was also a season seven co-host on Cooking Channel's, Unique Sweets. He has appeared as a guest on several radio shows including NPR’s Science Friday and Heritage Radio Network. He has an active YouTube channel with nearly 10, 000 subscribers where he shares both original and sponsored content.

SASA MAHR-BATUZ, a native of Argentina and longtime resident of Spain and Portugal, has been in the food industry since 1989 when he started a wholesale fresh pasta company called Nuovo Pasta Productions. He opened Baang and Splash restaurants in Greenwich and Westport, Connecticut, respectively, with the Signature Entertainment Group, and managed at both before starting work on Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar with Andrew Pforzheimer. Together with Mary Goodbody they have written THE BARCELONA COOKBOOK: A CELEBRATION OF FOOD, WINE, AND LIFE, which rejoices in the gutsy, robust, Mediterranean-style food served at Barcelona.

CARA MANGINI is an IACP award-winning, James Beard nominated author for her first book, THE VEGETABLE BUTCHER. She was the first official "vegetable butcher" at Eataly in New York City. She is the owner and executive chef of Little Eater, a produce-inspired restaurant named by the Washington Post as "one of the 50 best places in the world to eat your vegetables," and Little Eater Produce and Provisions, an associated local and artisanal foods boutique, in Columbus,

CATHY MANTUANO is the author, with Tony Mantuano, of THE SPIAGGIA COOKBOOK: ELEGANZA ITALIANA IN CUCINA, which was chosen as one of the best cookbooks of 2004 by Food & Wine. Cathy served on the Editorial Advisory board at Santé magazine for several years and retains honorary Editorial Advisory membership. Working again with her husband Tony, Cathy is writing an untitled book about wine bar food, based on the couple’s extensive travels throughout the Mediterranean.

KATHY MARTIN is the food editor of the Miami Herald and is the co-author, with Carole Kotkin, of MMMMIAMI, a cookbook that offers the exciting flavors of that multicultural city in easy-to-prepare recipes.

ZARELA MARTINEZ is the owner of the very popular Manhattan restaurant Zarela and the author of the acclaimed FOOD FROM MY HEART and, with Anne Mendelson, THE FOOD AND LIFE OF OAXACA. Their most recent collaboration is ZARELA'S VERACRUZ, which focuses on the cuisine of the Mexican Gulf Coast region.

CHRISTIE MATHESON is a talented writer and collaborator who has written for such magazines as Cooking Light, Glamour, Fitness, Elegant Wedding, Yoga Journal, and Home & Garden. She is the co-author of many cookbook and lifestyle books. Her solo efforts include GREEN CHIC, SALTY SWEETS, and CAKE SIMPLE. She is the author and illustrator of the beautiful children’s picture books TAP THE MAGIC TREE, TOUCH THE BRIGHTEST STAR, PLANT THE TINY SEED, and BIRD WATCH. She is working on her next book for children.

AARON McCARGO, JR., was the 2008 winner of The Next Food Network Star, beating out thousands of culinary hopefuls for his own Food Network show. On his popular show Big Daddy’s House, Aaron shares his passion for big, bold flavors and whips up mouth-watering recipes inspired by many years of culinary experience while bringing a down-to-earth vibe and warm smile to the kitchen. His first cookbook, with Mary Goodbody, is SIMPLY DONE TO WELL DONE. 

DEAN MCDERMOTT is an actor, father of five children, and husband to actress Tori Spelling. He and his family can be seen on Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. He is currently at work on THE GOURMET DAD, a family-friendly cookbook based on his popular blog of the same name.

STEVE McDONAGH is the “front of house” face for The Hearty Boys; arguably Chicago’s best known caterer and co-owner of Hearty Restaurant, along with partner Dan Smith. The Hearty Boys are trend setting caterers, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, and nationally known television hosts. They have spread their vision of accessible entertaining through multiple seasons of Food Network’s Party Line with the Hearty Boys and have appeared numerous times on The CBS Early Show. Equal parts mixologist and archaeologist, his expertise on vintage craft cocktails and modern takes on the classics can be found featured in numerous blogs, online articles, and print publications. His first book is THE NEW OLD BAR, a guide to classic cocktails for the modern boozer.

DIMITY McDOWELL is a writer, athlete, and contributing editor at Women’s Health and Runner’s World. She has covered sports for Women’s Sports + Fitness, SELF, ESPN: The Magazine, and Sports Illustrated Women and has been a contributing editor at Health, Shape, Muscle & Fitness: Hers. She has also written for Play and the New York TimesSports Magazine, among others. She is the author of RUN LIKE A MOTHER, a running book for moms, with Sarah Bowen Shea, and the pair’s most recent book, TRAIN LIKE A MOTHER. McDowell and Bowen Shea are now at work on a third book on the subject, TALES FROM ANOTHER MOTHER RUNNER.

ALICE MEDRICH is the author of several award-winning cookbooks including COCOLAT, which won James Beard Foundation and IACP Best Cookbook awards; CHOCOLATE AND THE ART OF LOW-FAT DESSERTS, also named Best Cookbook of the Year by the James Beard Foundation; and BITTERSWEET, which won the prestigious IACP Cookbook of the Year award in 2004. She is also the author of COOKIES AND BROWNIESA YEAR IN CHOCOLATECHOCOLATE HOLIDAYS: UNFORGETTABLE DESSERTS FOR EVERY SEASONCHEWY, GOOEY, CRISPY, CRUNCHY, MELT-IN-YOUR-MOUTH COOKIES; and her latest, SINFULLY EASY DELICIOUS DESSERTS, featuring doable desserts for the home cook. She is currently teaching popular online cooking classes and working on her next book, FLAVOR FLOURS.

ANNE MENDELSON is a freelance writer, editor, and literary consultant specializing in cookbooks and culinary history, and the author of an acclaimed biography of the creators of THE JOY OF COOKING entitled STAND FACING THE STOVE. She won the 2007 Sophie Coe Prize in Food History for a piece on pre-European food ways in the Greater NY region. She has also collaborated with Zarela Martinez on three cookbooks. Her latest is MILK: THE SURPRISING STORY OF MILK THROUGH THE AGES, a narrative history with over 100 recipes. She is currently at work on NEW GOLD MOUNTAIN TABLE, for which she won the Guggenheim Fellowship.

JESSICA MERCHANT is the talented force behind the hugely successful blog She has amassed an enormous following of fans through her sassy, funny, and chatty dialogue with her audience combined with deliciously inspired accessible recipes for every day cooking and eating. Her first cookbook is SERIOUSLY DELISH, a collection of savory and sweet recipes that use her unique flavor combinations and showcase her gorgeous, mouthwatering photography. Her next book will be more signature recipes and fun, COOKING WITH YOUR BFF.

PERLA MEYERS is an award-winning cookbook author and cooking instructor. Her previous titles include PERLA MEYERS' PEASANT KITCHEN and THE SEASONAL KITCHEN: A RETURN TO FRESH FOODS. Her most recent book is HOW TO PEEL A PEACH AND 1,001 OTHER THINGS EVERY GOOD COOK SHOULD KNOW. She is currently at work on a Barcelona cookbook.

STEPHANIE MEYER is a home cook, photographer, recipe developer, and educator. She writes for a number of online publications and blogs that focus on local, seasonal ingredients and recipes that are grain-free and gluten-free. She is currently writing and photographing a new cookbook in the Chef’s Table series, TWIN CITIES CHEF’S TABLE. It will be a snapshot of the food culture in the Twin Cities, incorporating recipes and photographs from the chefs, growers, and purveyors of the area.

CATHRYN MICHON has written for some of television's most prestigious programs. With Pamela Norris, she created JANE AUSTEN'S LITTLE ADVICE BOOK, a charming collection of the English writer's bon mots. She also co-authored, with Gurmukh Khalsa, THE EIGHT HUMAN TALENTS. Her most recent books are THE GRRL GENIUS GUIDE TO LIFE, based on her popular stand-up comedy show, and its follow-up, THE GRRL GENIUS GUIDE TO SEX (WITH OTHER PEOPLE).

LESLIE MILK is the lifestyle editor of the Washingtonian, and a former columnist for the Washington Post. Her articles have appeared in Glamour and Shape, among others. Her first book is IT'S HER PARTY BUT I'LL CRY IF I WANT TO: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE.

KLANCY MILLER is a writer, pastry chef and Francophile. After attending Le Cordon Bleu, Klancy stayed in Paris to apprentice at the legendary Michelin starred Taillevent restaurant and was later hired by Le Cordon Bleu to join their recipe development team. She interviewed Chef Marcus Samuelsson for Vis a Vis magazine, which led to her contributing to his award winning cookbook, SOUL OF A NEW CUISINE. Klancy is also co-founder of the supper club Global Feast and has worked with top hospitality groups in the U.S. such as B.R. Guest Restaurants, where she helped develop a wine book concept.  Most recently, Klancy appeared on the Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets show as a commentator. She was invited by the editorial staff of Glamour magazine to review and give feedback about the magazine’s cookbook, 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know: Engagement Chicken and 99 other Fabulous Dishes to Get You Everything You Want in Life, for which she provided recipe testing. She is also a contributor to Marcus Samuelsson’s online magazine, Food Republic. She is currently at work on SUPPER FOR ONE, a cookbook for solo home chefs.

PAULETTE MITCHELL, who serves as a restaurant consultant, lecturer, and cooking instructor, is known internationally for her quick-to-prepare recipes with gourmet flair. She is the author of 13 cookbooks, including The 15-Minute Gourmet series; THE COMPLETE SOY COOKBOOKA BEAUTIFUL BOWL OF SOUP; THE BEST VEGETARIAN RECIPES; and THE SPIRITED VEGETARIAN: OVER 100 RECIPES MADE LIVELY WITH WINE AND SPIRITS. Her latest is THE COMPLETE 15-MINUTE GOURMET: CREATIVE CUISINE MADE FAST AND FRESH.

ALEXANDER P. MORGAN is a scientist and writer specializing in technical subjects. He has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University. He is the author, with Kenneth M. Adams, of WHEN HE’S MARRIED TO MOM: HOW TO HELP MOTHER-ENMESHED MEN OPEN THEIR HEARTS TO TRUE LOVE AND COMMITMENT.

AMY MORIN, LCSW, is’s Parenting Teens Expert and the author of the article “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do” that became a viral sensation and went on to become Forbes’s most read piece in their history, seen by almost 10 million people worldwide. The companion book will delve further into her pop psychology ideas pertaining to mastering your mental strength and becoming your best self. The book has generated enormous international attention and rights have been sold in multiple countries around the world. Her next book will be 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PARENTS DON’T DO.

JULIA MOSKIN is a staff writer at the New York Times. She is also the co-author of AMERICAN BRASSERIE and BUTTER, SUGAR, FLOUR, EGGS with chefs Gale Gand and Rick Tramonto, as well as JUST A BITE and SHORT AND SWEET, with Gale Gand. In addition, she has collaborated with chef and restaurateur Rafael Palomino on BISTRO LATINO; with Patricia Yeo on PATRICIA YEO: COOKING FROM A TO Z; and with Bobby Flay on BOBBY FLAY COOKS AMERICAN and BOY MEETS GRILL.

JACQUELINE MROZ is a journalist and frequent contributor to The New York Times, New Jersey Monthly and Parents Magazine. Her forthcoming SCATTERED SEEDS will take a close look at the sperm donation industry and its consequences for the families involved and the donors themselves.

RAY MUNGO is a '60s counterculture icon whose first book, FAMOUS LONG AGO, has become a cult classic and is currently being made into a feature film. His other titles include PALM SPRINGS BABYLONQUESTIONS THAT DEFINE YOU; and SAN FRANCISCO CONFIDENTIAL. His latest is an update of his financial classic, NO CREDIT REQUIRED.

NATHAN NAPARSTEK Ph.D., is a child psychologist and the author of two previous books. His first book, with Marilyn Wallace, is IS YOUR CHILD DEPRESSED? ANSWERS TO YOUR TOUGHEST QUESTIONS, which describes the warning signs of childhood depression and provides parents and other caregivers with the skills needed to treat its symptoms.

AMY NEBENS is a former magazine editor and lifestyle expert who has worked at Martha Stewart LivingMartha Stewart Weddings and YM, among others. She is also the author of several books, including BAR MITZVAH, BAT MITZVAH, PLANNING THE PERFECT DAY. She is currently working on a hip new guide for moms with Jara Negrin, entitled LIVING THE POSH MOM LIFE.

JACKIE NEWGENT, RD, is an eco-cuisine expert, culinary nutritionist, and writer who frequently appears as a culinary nutrition expert on television and radio, and whose work is routinely seen in national publications. She is the author of the award-winning THE ALL-NATURAL DIABETES COOKBOOK and most recently of THE BIG GREEN COOKBOOK. She is currently working on 1,000 LOW-CALORIE RECIPES.

BRIAN O'CONNELL is a former Wall Street bond trader and current freelance business writer. He is the author of many books, including THE 401(k) MILLIONAIRE and CNBC'S CREATING WEALTHBUILD YOUR OWN MUTUAL FUND; and FREE YOURSELF FROM STUDENT LOAN DEBT.

HUGH O’NEILL is a family-life writer whose articles have appeared in numerous publications including GQ,Reader’s Digest, Parents and Prevention. He has written three popular family-life columns for ParentingMen’s Health and Best Life magazine and was a commentator for Morning Edition on National Public Radio. He is the author of DADDY COOLHERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, KIDS; and A MAN CALLED DADDY. He is also the author of the golf book GOLFFIRMATIONS. He is currently at work on BE HAPPY, WEAR A HELMET: THE PORTABLE MOM AND DAD.

BEATRICE OJAKANGAS is a well-known food writer, cookbook author, and consultant who has worn various hats in the food industry since 1960. Beatrice won the 2005 Kitchenaid Cookbook Hall of Fame award from the James Beard Foundation for THE GREAT SCANDINAVIAN BAKING BOOK. She is the author of COOKING WITH CONVECTIONTHE BEST CASSEROLE BOOK EVER, which includes updated casserole classics that make them easy to use for entertaining, family meals, and celebrations; and a book on scrumptious mini desserts titled PETITE SWEETS. Her latest is WEEKNIGHT DESSERTS, and she is currently at work on THE SOUP AND BREAD COOKBOOK.

KIM OLSEN is a freelance writer and former editor at Washingtonian magazine, where she covered a variety of topics including health, finance, weddings, and real estate. She is a contributor at Runner’s World and a consultant for the University of Pittsburgh in the area of military medicine research. She lives in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia.

CARTER OOSTERHOUSE is a well-known television personality best recognized for his work as a carpenter on the TLC series Trading Spaces and his own home improvement and how-to television shows on HGTV: Carter CanRed Hot & Green, and Million Dollar Rooms.  He has been a contributor for the Today Show, as well as a recurring design guest on Rachael Ray. His first book, written with Chris Peterson, is CARTER’S WAY, a how-to guide for homeowners looking to design their own homes.

RAFAEL PALOMINO is the acclaimed chef at Pacifico and Sonora in Port Chester, NY. His first cookbook, co-authored with Julia Moskin, was BISTRO LATINO: HOME COOKING FIRED UP WITH THE FLAVORS OF LATIN AMERICA. His most recent titles are VIVA LA VIDANUEVA SALSA, and FIESTA LATINA all co-authored with Arlen Gargagliano. The latest Palomino/Gargagliano collaborative effort is THE LATIN GRILL.

JOEL PATRAKER is the former Senior Manager and Special Project Coordinator of the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket, where he worked for over 20 years. His book, with co-author Joan Schwartz, is THE GREEN MARKET COOKBOOK, which advises readers on how to shop seasonally and how to prepare the most tantalizing fare year-round.

SUSAN PATTON is a Princeton alumna of one of the first classes of women to graduate from the Ivy League school. In April 2013, Patton triggered an international media firestorm when she wrote a letter to the editor of The Daily Princetonian advising Princeton women to look for suitable husbands from among their classmates because finding a man is inextricably linked to their future happiness. Her book on the subject, MARRY SMART: WORDS OF WISDOM FROM THE PRINCETON MOM, is forthcoming.

JOHN PAVLOVITZ is a pastor and blogger from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past two years his blog, Stuff That Needs To Be Said, has reached a diverse audience of millions of people throughout the world, with an average monthly readership of over a million people. His home church, North Raleigh Community Church, is a growing, nontraditional Christian community dedicated to radical hospitality, mutual respect, and diversity of doctrine. John is a regular contributor to Huffington PostRelevant Magazine, Scary Mommy,, and The Good Men Project. He is the author of A BIGGER TABLE and HOPE AND OTHER SUPERPOWERS.

CHRIS PEGULA is the creator of Diaper Dude, America’s most high-profile line of hip gear for cool dads. He is the author, with Frank Meyer, of FROM DUDE TO DAD, and the forthcoming follow-up: DIAPER DUDE: THE ULTIMATE DAD’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING THE FIRST TWO YEARS.

The late PAUL PEARSALL, Ph.D., was an internationally recognized, board-certified neuropsychologist, an award-winning researcher, a New York Times bestselling author, and a sought-after speaker. His titles include THE BEETHOVEN FACTOR; TOXIC SUCCESS; and THE LAST SELF-HELP BOOK YOU'LL EVER NEED. His most recent is AWE, a startling look at the delights and dangers of our eleventh emotion.

COLETTE PETERS is the creator of Colette's Cakes, a specialty cake company she has owned for over 20 years. She is the author of four books on cake decorating, and her most recent is CAKES TO DREAM ON: A MASTER CLASS IN DECORATING. In 2004, Colette won first place in the Beaver Creek Wedding Cake Extravaganza, sponsored by the TV Food Network.

DR. RUTH PETERS has been a clinical psychologist for over 30 years and is a frequent contributor to the Today show, Oprah, and Good Morning America. She writes a weekly parenting column for MSNBC's Today show web site and is the author of numerous books on the subject. Her latest, LAYING DOWN THE LAW, gives parents the 25 most important rules for raising kids of all ages.

CHRIS PETERSON is a single father, editor, writer, and “cook by necessity.” As a former book packager, he created full-color coffee table books for publishers such as Hearst Books, Dorling Kindersley, and Reader’s Digest. He is the author of A MAN’S WHIRLED: EVERY GUY’S GUIDE TO COOKING WITH THE BLENDER, a cookbook that describes how to make an entire meal with one handy appliance. His latest titles are HOME DESIGN with Sabrina Soto, and CARTER’S WAY with Carter Oosterhouse.

URVASHI PITRE is the bestselling cookbook author of books like EVERY DAY EASY AIR FRYER, INSTANT POT FAST AND EASY, and KETO FAT BOMBS, SWEETS AND TREATS.  She is also the head of a successful marketing company and founder of the online community She has a talent for spotting trends and a love for appliance cooking. She is hard at work on her next several cookbooks.

MAI PHAM is the chef/owner of Lemon Grass Restaurant and Lemon Grass Cafes in Sacramento, California. Her award-winning cuisine is featured in THE BEST OF VIETNAMESE AND THAI COOKING. Mai is the author PLEASURES OF THE VIETNAMESE TABLE.

ANDREW PFORZHEIMER has worked as a chef, consultant, and restaurateur in France, California, and New York City. After his stint as food editor for Martha Stewart Living, he and Sasa Mahr-Batuz opened their own restaurant. Today, the two own six Barcelona restaurants in the state of Connecticut and one in Atlanta, with plans to open more on the East Coast in the next several years. Together with Mary Goodbody, he and Mahr-Batuz have written THE BARCELONA COOKBOOK: A CELEBRATION OF FOOD, WINE, AND LIFE, which rejoices in the gutsy, robust, Mediterranean-style food served at Barcelona.

DEBRA PONZEK is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, an award-winning chef and, with her husband, owner of Aux Délices, a café and catering company in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the author of FRENCH FOOD, AMERICAN ACCENT, which she co-authored with Joan Schwartz, THE SUMMER HOUSE COOKBOOK with Geralyn Delaney Graham, and THE FAMILY KITCHEN. Her latest book is THE DINNERTIME SURVIVAL COOKBOOK with Mary Goodbody, a cookbook that highlights the go-to favorites of the American palate.

JOACHIM DE POSADA is a bilingual international motivational speaker, radio and TV personality, author, and newspaper columnist who has spoken in more than 30 countries about leadership, team-building, sales, and management. He is the author of HOW TO SURVIVE AMONG PIRANHAS: MOTIVATION TO SUCCEED. His popular Marshmallow series includes DON’T EAT THE MARSHMALLOW…YET!: THE SECRET TO SWEET SUCCESS IN WORK AND LIFE, and the sequel DON’T GOBBLE THE MARSHMALLOW…EVER!, co-authored by Ellen Singer. The next book in the series, with Bob Andelman, is the forthcoming KEEP YOUR EYEON THE MARSHMALLOW.

RON POTTER-EFRON is a clinical psychotherapist and co-owner with his wife of 37 years, Pat Potter-Efron, of First Things First Counseling Center. He is a presenter of seminars for professional counselors and the author of several books about anger management. He and his wife are the authors of a workbook for couples entitled RECLAIM YOUR RELATIONSHIP.

NORA POUILLON ranks with Alice Waters as an outstanding chef and advocate of using organic, seasonal, and locally produced products. Her restaurants Asia Nora and Restaurant Nora in Washington, D.C., are consistently rated among the finest places to eat in the United States. She is the author of COOKING WITH NORA, which was nominated for the Julia Child Cookbook Award and received an Award of Excellence from the IACP.

BALASA PRASAD, M.D., opened his behavior management clinic in Mount Vernon, NY in 1980 and became the chairman of the Anesthesiology Department at Mount Vernon Hospital in 1983. Since opening his private practice, he has helped people break free of destructive habits, like smoking, gambling, and compulsive shopping. His first books are STOP SMOKING FOR GOOD;STOP GAMBLING FOR GOOD; and STOP OVEREATING FOR GOOD, which teach readers how to overcome addiction using his techniques.

SARA QUESSENBERRY is the chief recipe developer and food stylist for Real Simple, where she creates easy-to-follow, time-saving recipes using a down-to-earth approach. She honed her craft at her popular Lake Tahoe, Nevada, restaurant, Jack Rabbit Moon, known for its hearty, rustic, and inventive cuisine. Her latest is THE GOOD NEIGHBOR COOKBOOK, written with Suzanne Schlosberg, which offers easy, delicious, modern recipes uniquely designed to transport to friends and acquaintances.

MITRA RAHBAR is a teacher, healer, minister, master intuitive, and singer-songwriter in Los Angeles, where she has built her life on the pillars of spiritual devotion, service, and artistry. She is working on her forthcoming book, MIRACULOUS SILENCE, which already has testimonials from Jennifer Aniston, Gisele Bundchen, and Sheryl Crow, among others. It is a journey into the sacred space of prayer and healing; both practical meditation and prayer guide.

A.J. RATHBUN is a kitchen, housewares and entertainment editor at and the author of DARK SPIRITS; PARTY DRINKS!PARTY SNACKS!; WINE COCKTAILS; and LUSCIOUS LIQUEURS, and the definitive cocktail book, GOOD SPIRITS. His forthcoming books include DOUBLE TAKEBEHIND THE BAR; and an untitled poetry collection about imbibing.

LIZ RAZIN is currently a partner at international advertising, marketing and public relations agency Ogilvy New York. Previously she was VP at Saatchi & Saatchi and graduated from Tufts University with a degree in psychology. Her first book is SHE’S GONE BRIDAL!: A 9-STEP PROGRAM FOR DEALING WITH YOUR BRIDE FROM HELL, a guide for single women coping with a best friend/roommate/little sister who has entered the "Bridal Dimension.”

ROSS RECK, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned consultant whose clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling book THE WIN-WIN NEGOTIATOR has sold more than 100,000 copies and has been translated into four languages. His most recent title is THE X-FACTOR: GETTING EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS FROM ORDINARY PEOPLE.

KIMBERLY REINER is the owner of the popular candy company Momma Reiner’s Fudge and has a weekly blog and recipe column with Jenna Sanz-Agero on Together they are known as the Sugar Mommas, and their first book is SUGAR, SUGAR, which features old-fashioned sugar recipes paired with lively histories of the treats and creators who brought them to life.

CHRIS RIBACK has worked as a journalist for ABC News, the Associated PressCBS Sports, and 20/20. His writings on government and politics have been published in numerous newspapers nationwide, and he is the co-author, with Taegan Goddard, of YOU WON, NOW WHAT?: HOW AMERICANS CAN MAKE DEMOCRACY WORK FROM CITY HALL TO THE WHITE HOUSE.

AKASHA RICHMOND has devoted most of her life to her passion for using healthy and organic ingredients in mainstream cooking. She is known as the "chef to the stars" for her work in Hollywood as a private chef and caterer. She is the author of THE ART OF TOFU, has a monthly trends column in Vegetarian Times, and is the national spokesperson for White Waves' Silk Soy Milk. Her latest cookbook is HOLLYWOOD DISH: MORE THAN 150 DELICIOUS, HEALTHY RECIPES FROM HOLLYWOOD'S CHEF TO THE STARS.

DAVID RICKETTS has worked in the Food Department of Family Circle and has appeared in or contributed to many other publications such as Cooking LightFitness, ShapeBon AppétitFood & Wine, and Reader’s Digest. His book, EAT TO BEAT PROSTATE CANCER, was inspired by his own successful battle with the disease.

MARY RISLEY founded Tante Marie's Cooking School in 1973. She was awarded the Cooking Teacher of the Year award from Bon Appétit magazine, as well as the Humanitarian of the Year award from the James Beard Foundation for her work to alleviate hunger. She has also taught as a guest instructor at many schools and gourmet cookware shops across the country and has been featured on various television programs. Her first cookbook is THE TANTE MARIE'S COOKING SCHOOL COOKBOOK.

MICHELLE A. RIVERA is a humane educator and the founder and executive director of Animals 101, Inc., a Floridanon-profit organization. Her books include HOSPICE HOUNDS: ANIMALS AND HEALING AT THE BORDERS OF DEATHCANINES IN THE CLASSROOM: RAISING HUMANE CHILDREN THROUGH ANIMAL INTERACTIONSTHE SIMPLE LITTLE VEGAN SLOW COOKER; and DO DOGS HAVE BELLY BUTTONS?: ANSWERS TO THE 100+ MOST COMMONLY ASKED CANINE QUESTIONS. She has been published in The Latham LetterVeterinary Technician magazine and Animal Sheltering magazine.

SUSAN ROANE, a.k.a., "The Mingling Maven," is a sought-after speaker and the bestselling author of HOW TO WORK A ROOM: THE SECRETS OF SAVVY NETWORKING and WHAT DO I SAY NEXT?;HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN LUCK. Her most recent book FACE TO FACE, which teaches readers how to integrate online communication techniques into their offline lives.

JAN ROBERTS-DOMINGUEZ is a newspaper food columnist and the author of THE MUSTARD BOOK and, most recently, THE ONION BOOK. She is also a talented artist whose illustrations appear in both her books.

JON ROBERTSON is the managing editor of Venture Inward magazine and a former senior editor and writer for A.R.E. Press. He is the author of several books, including APOCALYPSE CHOW!, a clever collection of anecdotes, tips and delicious recipes (from his wife, Robin Robertson) to use when faced with a power outage. His next book is FIRE & LIGHT, about one man's search for the Spirit of God.

ROBIN ROBERTSON is a chef, cooking teacher, speaker, and a vegan food expert. She is the author of numerous books on vegetarian and vegan subjects, including QUICK-FIX VEGETARIAN, THE VEGETARIAN MEAT & POTATOES COOKBOOKVEGAN PLANETFRESH FROM THE VEGETARIAN SLOW COOKER. She is also the co-author, with her husband, Jon Robertson, of APOCALYPSE CHOW. She is the author of the definitive resource on vegan cooking: 1,000 VEGAN RECIPES. Her most recent titles include VEGAN ON THE CHEAP, QUICK-FIX VEGAN, ONE-DISH VEGAN, and FRESH FROM THE VEGAN SLOW COOKER. Upcoming is VEGANIZE IT!, offering creative homemade vegan recipes from scratch.

ALICIA ROCKMORE, a former accountant and marketing expert, is the co-founder of Buttoned Up, Inc., a company dedicated to helping busy women “tame the chaos” in their lives. She and company co-founder Sarah P. Welch are the authors of EVERYTHING (ALMOST) IN ITS PLACE. Her most recent project, also written with Welch, is PRETTY NEAT: GET ORGANIZED AND LET GO OF PERFECTION.

LISA GOULD RUBIN has been a certified childbirth educator and doula since 1985 and an active member of Doulas of North America (DONA). She helped establish the doula program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and is the founder of the Good Birth Company, which specializes in training doulas. Her first book, written with Dr. Amen Ness and Jackie Frederick-Berner, is THE BIRTH THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU.

LAUREN RUBIN is a former asset manager turned chef. She has worked at Union Pacific and Tribeca Grill, as well as in the food department of Good Housekeeping. She currently runs 2 Peas & A Pot, a catering company that offers cooking classes, with husband Phil Rubin. Their first cookbook is THE COMFORT OF APPLES.

PHIL RUBIN is co-owner, with wife Lauren Rubin, of 2 Peas & A Pot, a high-end catering company that has catered events for former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Gloria Steinem and others. Their first cookbook is THE COMFORT OF APPLES.

ANTHONY RUBINO is the author of LIFE LESSONS FROM ELVIS as well as two other "life lessons" books based on Melrose Place and The Brady Bunch. He is also the author of LIFE LESSONS FROM DOGS and LIFE LESSONS FROM CATS. His latest title is WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT?

BETH MARGOLIS RUPP is the Director of the Institute for Service Learning at Gratz College, where she focuses on the augmentation of academic programs with programs that foster social activism and self-awareness. Her latest book is THE LAST BOYS PICKED, written with Janet Edgette, a book about how to encourage young boys who face discrimination because they are not interested or do not have a talent for sports.

ALLISON RUSHBY is the Australian author of IT’S NOT YOU IT’S ME, ALLMENAREBASTARDS.COMFRIDAY NIGHT COCKTAILS, HATING VALENTINE’S DAY, THE DAIRY QUEEN and the Living Blonde Trilogy. Next up for Allison is THE INNER GENTLEMAN in which a rough footballer is taught some manners and finds some love.

KEVIN RYAN is the president of The Executive Writer, a business-writing training company, and has been a writing instructor and freelance writer for more than 15 years. His clients include American Express, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Procter & Gamble, United Way, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles TimesChicago TribunePC Magazine, and the Iowa Review. Kevin is the former co-editor of Quarterly West magazine and taught writing for more than eight years at the University of Utah. His first book is WRITE UP THE CORPORATE LADDER, a guide for business people who want to improve their writing skills.

ROB SACHS has been working for National Public Radio since 2000 as a producer, reporter, and director for shows such as Morning EditionAll Things Considered, and Day to Day. He has produced interviews with guests ranging from Bono to Bill Clinton. His first book is WHAT WOULD ROB DO?, a clever and comical advice book focusing on embarrassing, challenging, and humiliating scenarios drawing on his own personal experiences, based on his popular NPR podcast.

ELAINE ST. JAMES is a bestselling author, nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, and simplicity guru. Her titles include SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFEINNER SIMPLICITYLIVING THE SIMPLE LIFESIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE WITH KIDSSIMPLIFY YOUR CHRISTMASSIMPLIFY YOUR WORK LIFE365 SIMPLE REMINDERS and several companion “little books.”

SUSANNA SALK is the Special Projects Editor at House & Garden magazine and the author of A PRIVILEGED LIFE: CELEBRATING WASP STYLE and WEEKEND RETREATS, a gorgeous full-color book about the getaway homes of the wealthy. Her latest books are A ROOM OF THEIR OWN, about decorating children’s bedrooms, and a savvy decorating guide, BE YOUR OWN DECORATOR. She is currently at work on her newest book, DECORATE FEARLESSLY.

KATE SAMELA MS, RD, CSP has been a Registered Dietitian for eleven years and is board certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration as a specialist in pediatric nutrition. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University, she spent the next ten years of her career working with children of all ages prescribing nutrition therapy and counseling families on feeding and nutrition; During this time she found a passion for teaching, and has taught the topic of pediatric nutrition to hundreds of medical, nutrition, and nursing students throughout the east coast at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, as an adjunct professor at New York University College of Education,  Hunter College in New York City, University of Connecticut, St. Joseph’s College, and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Her first book, GIVE PEAS A CHANCE: THE FOOLPROOF GUIDE TO FEEDING YOUR PICKY TODDLER, is forthcoming from Sourcebooks.

SUSAN SANTUCCI is a writer, public speaker and mediation teacher who has been studying and practicing Buddhism for more than 20 years. She is the author of two books on spirituality: CONVERGING PATHS and PATHWAYS TO THE SPIRIT.

JENNA SANZ-AGERO is an entertainment attorney, songwriter, and the former president of the independent film production company Media 8 Entertainment. She has a popular weekly blog and recipe column on with Kimberley Reiner. Together they are known as the Sugar Mommas, and their first book is SUGAR, SUGAR, which features old-fashioned sugar recipes paired with lively histories of the treats and creators who brought them to life.

LEN SAUNDERS has been distinguished as a leader in the field of children's health and fitness for over twenty-five years. He has won awards at the local, state, and national levels for his efforts to reduce childhood obesity. He has been a guest speaker at universities, as well as state and national conventions, and a consultant to The President's Council On Physical Fitness & Sports. Most recently, he became an American Heart Association expert spokesperson on the issue of childhood obesity and childhood fitness. He is the author of KEEPING KIDS FIT.

RACHEL SAUNDERS is the owner and founder of Blue Chair Fruit, a jam company specializing in rare and unusual sustainably farmed fruits in Oakland, California. She has worked with food her entire life and has held positions at many of the best food establishments of the San Francisco Bay Area, including Tartine Bakery, Myth Restaurant, Myth Café, Ici Ice Cream, and Pizzaiolo. Her latest is THE BLUE CHAIR JAM COOKBOOK, and she is currently at work on its follow-up, BLUE CHAIR COOKS: MORNING, NOON & NIGHT, a cookbook of 150 original recipes, a mix of savory and sweet.

MARIE SAVARD, M.D. is a nationally known internist, women's health expert, champion for patient's rights, and a Medical Contributor to ABC News. She is the author of HOW TO SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE, as well as THE SAVARD HEALTH RECORD, and THE BODY SHAPE SOLUTION TO WEIGHT LOSS AND WELLNESS: THE APPLES AND PEARS APPROACH TO LOSING WEIGHT, LIVING LONGER, AND FEELING HEALTHIER, with Carol Svec. Her most recent book, with Sondra Forsyth, is ASK DR. MARIE, an informative and entertaining guide to women's health that combines snappy, on-point opinions with hard core facts about sex, libido, hormones, and other medical facts of life.

SUZANNE SCHLOSBERG is a widely regarded health, nutrition and parenting writer and former senior editor at Shape, where she has served as the magazine’s Weight Loss Q&A columnist for over a decade. She is also the author or co-author of numerous lifestyle titles including THE ULTIMATE DIET LOG; THE ESSENTIAL BREASTFEEDING LOG: A FEEDINGS TRACKER; BABY SLEEP RECORD AND WEIGHT-LOSS DIARY FOR NURSING MOMSTHE ULTIMATE WORKOUT LOG; WEIGHT TRAINING FOR DUMMIES; FITNESS FOR DUMMIES; and THE GOOD NEIGHBOR COOKBOOK, co-authored with Sara QuessenberryHer nutrition, health, and fitness articles have appeared in HealthCooking LightWeight WatchersReal Simple, and Brides, among others. She is also a frequent contributor to ParentsParenting, and Fit Pregnancy. Her memoir is THE CURSE OF THE SINGLES TABLE: A TRUE STORY OF 1001 NIGHTS WITHOUT SEX. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies, including MORE SAND IN MY BRA and UNBUTTONED. Her latest books are NOT JUST ANOTHER WORKOUT LOG, a new and updated edition of her perennial classic, THE ULTIMATE WORKOUT LOG, and IT’S NO ACCIDENT with Dr. Steve Hodges.

ED SCHOENFELD is a noted food authority, restaurant creator and operator, trendsetter and master chef. His career began at the top, working with famed Chinese chef Lo Huey Yen, and later opening New York's famed Uncle Tai's Hunan Yuan, which received a four-star review in the New York Times. Since then he's opened several popular restaurants, including Café Marimba, Pig Heaven, and Vince and Eddie's. He is currently working on his first book.

ZELL SCHULMAN is a radio and television personality, a grandmother of six, and the author of SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR PASSOVER and LET MY PEOPLE EAT, which not only offers a step-by-step guide to the Seder dinner but also Seder menus to suit your religious background, diet, budget, and time.

BARB SCHWARZ is internationally known as the creator of Home Staging, is the president, and hosts a weekly radio show in Seattle, Staging Life with Barb. She is the author of HOME STAGING: THE WINNING WAY TO SELL YOUR HOUSE FOR MORE MONEY and BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL HOME STAGING BUSINESS.

JOAN SCHWARTZ is an accomplished writer who has co-authored cookbooks with some of the biggest names in the food business, including Bobby Flay, Debra Ponzek, Antoine Bouterin, and Joel Patraker. Her most recent collaboration, with Matthew Kenney, is BIG CITY COOKING. On her own, she is the author of MACARONI & CHEESE: 52 RECIPES FROM SIMPLE TO SUBLIME and its follow-up, MEAT AND POTATOES.

RUPERT SCOFIELD author of HUMANITARIANS AT THE GATE: SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN THE CUTTHROAT WORLD OF THE NOT-FOR PROFIT is the President and CEO of global microfinance organization FINCA International. He is an agricultural economist with 30 years of experience in the developing countries of Africa, Latin America, Eurasia, and the Greater Middle East. Mr. Scofield co-founded FINCA in 1984 with John Hatch and has served as its President and CEO since 1994. Under his leadership, FINCA has grown from 60,000 clients and a loan portfolio of $5 million to a true global presence with over 700,000 clients across five continents and a loan portfolio of more than $300 million. As an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a frequent keynote speaker, Mr. Scofield seeks to inspire the next generation of microfinance leaders. Prior to FINCA, Mr. Scofield served as the CEO of Rural Development Services, a consulting firm, and as country program director of the AFL-CIO’s Labor Program in El Salvador.

MARC SEGAN is an inventor who has created hundreds of toys and commercial products, from Hallmark’s first musical greeting card to Fisher Price’s Triple Arcade game table. He holds more than 40 patents, is a co-founder of Quadlogic Controls Corporation, and President of the Board of New York Stage & Film Company. Most recently, he has worked on, with co-author John Forster, THE BSAT OFFICIAL STUDY GUIDE: 250 QUESTIONS YOU’LL NEVER SEE ON THE SAT.

SCOTT SHAW is an Inc 500 software entrepreneur, restaurateur and author of LET’S ELOPE, which he wrote after he and his wife eloped to Charlottesville, Virginia. They now live in the Washington, D.C. area where Scott serves on the boards of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership and the Tall Ship Providence Foundation.   

SARAH BOWEN SHEA is a writer, athlete, and contributing editor for ShapeRunner’s World, and Fit Pregnancy. She has written for the New York TimesGlamourHealthParentingAmerican Baby, Real Simple, Women’s HealthMen’sHealth and SELF, among others. She is the author of RUN LIKE A MOTHER, a running guide for moms, with Dimity McDowell. Her most recent books are THE ESSENTIAL BREASTFEEDING LOG with Suzanne Schlosberg and TRAIN LIKE A MOTHER, a follow-up to her successful first book with McDowell.

CHRISTOPHER SHELLEY has been officiating weddings since 2011 through his company Illuminating Ceremonies, performing weddings in settings as diverse as the New York Public Library, Citifield, Grand Central Station, Central Park, the Plaza Hotel, and one old retired cop’s living room. He has a BFA in Acting from Boston University and an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU. He is the author of BEST CEREMONY EVER, a hilarious and practical guide to crafting a wedding ceremony that meaningfully and entertainingly honors both the couple and the marriage.

KRIS SHERER is a freelance writer and chef who studied at L'Ecole des Arts Culinaires et l'Hotellerie de Lyon. She served a year-long stint as the office assistant to celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, and she is also the co-author of his debut cookbook, FLAVOR.

BARBARA SIBLEY and MARGARITTE MALFY are the authors of the cookbook, ANTOJITOS, a collection of Mexican small bites, drinks, and desserts. Barbara and Margaritte own two branches of the popular and critically-praised La Palapa Cocina Mexicana.

JUDITH P. SIEGEL, Ph.D., CSW, is an associate professor at New York University's Ehrenkranz School of Social Work and a marriage and family therapist in private practice. A recognized expert in her field, she is the author of two academic books and numerous articles on marital dynamics and marriage therapy, as well as the trade title WHAT CHILDREN LEARN FROM THEIR PARENTS' MARRIAGE. Her latest book is STOP OVERREACTING.

RON SILVER, JR., is the owner and creator of Bubby's Pie Company, and the renowned celebrity brunch spot Bubby's in Tribeca. He is the author, with Jen Bervin, of BUBBY'S PIE COMPENDIUM, a comprehensive and authoritative guide to pie making. His latest title is BUBBY’S BRUNCH, which celebrates everyone’s favorite meal and the mainstay of his restaurants.

BETH SILVERS is the co-host of the podcasts Pantsuit Politics and The Nuanced Life. She is a wife, mother, recovering lawyer, business leader, and coach. She lives in Union, Kentucky with her husband, daughters, and schnauzer.

NINA SIMONDS is the author of A SPOONFUL OF GINGERCLASSIC CHINESE CUISINECHINESE SEASONSCHINA EXPRESSASIAN NOODLESASIAN WRAPS; and MOONBEAMS, DUMPLINGS AND DRAGON BOATS, a children’s book about Chinese folklore. She is a correspondent for Gourmet and a regular contributor to the New York Times. Her public television special, A Spoonful of Ginger: Food As Medicine, won the James Beard award for Best Television Cooking Special. Her popular SPICES OF LIFE: SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR GREAT HEALTH, won both the IACP and the James Beard Foundation Book Award for health. Her latest cookbook is SIMPLE ASIAN MEALS.

ALEXANDER SMALLS is an opera singer, author, guest speaker, chef, creator of "Southern Revival" cooking, restaurateur and event coordinator. He is the author of GRACE THE TABLE, a memoir-cookbook. He is currently at work on his next book, SOUTHERN SERENADE.

DR. ROBIN L. SMITH is a psychologist, motivational speaker, and favorite Oprah guest. Her #1 New York Times Bestseller LIES AT THE ALTAR: THE TRUTH ABOUT GREAT MARRIAGES shows every couple how to take the wedding vows they made in earnest and in innocence, and turn them into a promise to build a happy, healthy, satisfying and long-lasting marriage.

SETH ANNE SNIDER-COPELY and Linda Buch, both fitness professionals, are the authors of COMMERCIAL BREAK: THE COMPLETE COUCH POTATO'S GUIDE TO FITNESS, a book of exercises that can be done while sitting and watching your favorite television shows.

GARRETT SODEN, who has authored three business books and numerous magazine articles, is the author of FALLING: HOW OUR GREATEST FEAR BECAME OUR GREATEST THRILL. Mixing journalism, personal observation, history, and science, the book offers fascinating insights about a universal phenomenon.

DAVID SOLIE is the medical director and CEO of Second Opinion Insurance Services, a boutique brokerage firm that handles the needs of impaired-risk, high-net-worth elderly individuals. He is the author of HOW TO SAY IT TO SENIORS: CLOSING THE COMMUNICATION GAP WITH OUR ELDERS.

SABRINA SOTO began her career by working in her mother’s decorating business. That experience sparked a passion for design and honed a knack for creating beautiful spaces in any budget range. Along with her hosting and design duties on HGTV’s “Get it Sold,” Sabrina has enjoyed extensive exposure across the entire HGTV channel, guest hosting and appearing on various shows and specials.  Sabrina has been featured in TimeUSA TodayPeople en EspañolEsquire, and Latina. Her first book is HOME DESIGN, a step-by-step guide to creating a personalized and chic design in any home.

EMRE SOYER is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science on the Business Faculty at Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey. He co-founded and managed two international social enterprises (between 2007 and 2010) and currently teaches, researches and consults for organizations about behavioral science, decision making, creativity and entrepreneurship. He has consulted with organizations both in Europe and Turkey, including Oxfam, Yargici, TBWA and Turkish Airlines. He recently gave two TEDx talks on the harms of biased experience and his personal webpage is

KATY SPARKS is the chef and former owner of Quilty's. Her career has spanned many kitchens, including that of the Quilted Giraffe. Her first cookbook, SPARKS IN THE KITCHEN, was written with Andrea Strong.

LYN STALLWORTH is a food writer and has previously been an editor on the staff of Publisher's Weekly. Her collaborations include THE BROOKLYN COOKBOOK and THE COUNTY FAIR COOKBOOK, both co-authored with Rod Kennedy.

JESSAMYN STANLEY is a yoga teacher, body positive advocate, and writer based in Durham, North Carolina. She contributes to Mind Body GreenWanderlust, & Elephant Journal. She's been featured and profiled by a variety of International and National media outlets including Good Morning AmericaThe Daily MailNew York MagazineThe Sunday TimesNew York Times' Women In The World, & People, among others.

ADINA STEIMAN is a former cookbook editor who earned her Cuisine Diplôme at Paris' Le Cordon Bleu, then researched and wrote for her favorite food magazine during an internship at Saveur. Her first cookbook is THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE YUMMY, a cookbook for a girl's every mood.

AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE is the New York Knicks’ All-Star gentle giant whose brand extends way beyond basketball and includes roles as an actor, author, producer, motivational speaker and philanthropist. His first cookbook, written with his personal chef Chef Maxcel Hardy, is COOKING WITH AMAR’E. The book focuses on Amar’e learning to cook for his family and friends.

STEVEN STRALSER, Ph.D., is a Clinical Professor and teaches Entrepreneurship in the MBA program at the top ranked Thunderbird: The American Graduate School of International Management. His first book, MBA IN A DAY, gives readers an overview of the necessary information that is required to receive an MBA, all without ever having to set foot in a classroom.

ELISA STRAUSS is the owner of Confetti Cakes, a business that specializes in hand-sculpted works of art. She is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, and her work has appeared everywhere from the Food Network to the Today Show, and in many magazines, including BazaarTime Out New York, and Modern Bride. Her first book is the beautifully designed and photographed THE CONFETTI CAKES COOKBOOK, with Christie Matheson. CONFETTI CAKES FOR KIDS is her latest.

RACHAEL STREATHER is the author of HOW TO STAY SOBER WHEN YOU’D RATHER BE DEAD, an irreverent, secular guide to recovery for those who don’t respond to the trite slogans and overly friendly members of twelve-step programs, told visually through the story of a 7” tall doll named Sybil who has a bitter streak.  Rachael lives inNewcastle upon Tyne and enjoys a daily reprieve from alcoholism. She hardly ever wishes she were dead.

LEIGH STRINGER is a vice president and on the board of directors at HOK, a global design firm, where she specializes in workplace and sustainable consulting for higher education, government, corporate, institutional, and private sector clients.  Her first book was THE GREEN WORKPLACE: SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES THAT BENEFIT EMPLOYEES, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND THE BOTTOM LINE. She has been interviewed for her work by CNN, USAToday, Good Morning America, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.  Her second book is THE HEALTHY WORKPLACE: HOW TO IMPROVE THE WELL-BEING OF YOUR EMPLOYEES—AND BOOST YOUR COMPANY’S BOTTOM LINE.

ANDREA STRONG is an award-winning food writer whose work has appeared in the New York TimesFood & Wine, and Gourmet, among others. She also circulates a popular culinary newsletter, The Strong Buzz, and is writing her first cookbook, SPARKS IN THE KITCHEN, with chef Katy Sparks.

CAROL SVEC is an award-winning and bestselling author of health and wellness books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller JOY BAUER’S FOOD CURES with noted nutritionist and television personality Joy Bauer. Other published titles include YOUR INNER SKINNY (coauthored with Joy Bauer), THE BODY SHAPE SOLUTION TO WEIGHT LOSS AND WELLNESS (coauthored with Dr. Marie Savard), THE INFLAMMATION CURE(coauthored with Dr. William Joel Meggs), THE PMDD PHENOMENON (coauthored with Dr. Diana L. Dell), and AFTER ANY DIAGNOSIS, about researching and understanding medical information. Her latest book, BALANCE, which will explore every aspect of the eponymous sense is forthcoming.

ALISON SWEENEY hosts the hugely popular NBC reality show The Biggest Loser and plays the scheming, sassy Sami Brady on the top-rated NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. Her first book, with Richard Trubo, is ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE (SO FAR). Her latest is THE MOMMY DIET, a nutrition, fitness, and self-care plan that women can follow to look and feel well, before and during pregnancy, and after giving birth.

SALLY SWIFT is a twenty-year veteran of television and radio, and is co-creator and managing producer of the popular American Public Media radio show, The Splendid Table. She is the author, with Lynne Rossetto Kasper, of THE SPLENDID TABLE’S HOW TO EAT SUPPER: RECIPES, STORIES, AND OPINIONS FROM PUBLIC RADIO’S AWARD-WINNING FOOD SHOW. Her latest is the follow-up, entitled THE SPLENDID TABLE’S HOW TO EAT…WEEKENDS, also with Rossetto Kasper.

MARY TAYLOR is a classically trained chef who studied at L'Ecole des Trois Gourmandes and Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She is the author, with Lynn Ginsburg, of WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR? WOMEN, FOOD, AND SPIRITUALITY. Together, Taylor and Ginsburg are frequent contributors to Yoga Journal's "Eating Wisely" column and conduct Women, Food, and Spirituality workshops nationwide. She is also the author of three cookbooks, including NEW VEGETARIAN CLASSICS.

KAYTE TERRY is a stylist, designer and writer with clients including Anthropologie, AdornCutting Edge and Parents magazine. She writes articles about design and craft for HGTV Ideas, and has a regular column on Kayte was recently the stylist for Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp and contributed a project to Bead Simple by Susan Beal. She also sells handmade accessories and art under the name Love Forever. Kayte is the author of COMPLETE EMBELLISHING, and the upcoming APPLIQUE YOUR WAY.

PAMELA THOMAS is the author of FATHERLESS DAUGHTERS: TURNING THE PAIN OF LOSS INTO THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS. She has also written more than a dozen other books, including GREENMARKET: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY’S FARMERS MARKET; ROMANTIC DAYS AND NIGHTS: NEW YORK; REVERSING DRY EYE SYNDROME with Steven Maskin, M.D.; and AIN’T NOTHIN’ AS SWEET AS MY BABY: THE STORY OF HANK WILLIAMS’ LOST DAUGHTER with Jett Williams, as well as many articles. A long-time editor, Thomas also works at Sesame Workshop, editing children’s books.

JACQUETTE M. TIMMONS is the founder of Sterling Investment Management, an investment education and financial coaching firm. She is a sought-after speaker on the subjects of personal finance and stock market investing; recent media appearances include Bloomberg Radio, BET Tonight’s Nightly News, WNBC’s Today in New York and Fox TV’s Good Day New York. She is the author of FINANCIAL INTIMACY, a guide to creating a healthy relationship with your money and your mate.

JESSICA TOONKEL has spent the past several years as a reporter covering international business and finance. She is the co-author of THE AT-HOME DAD SURVIVAL GUIDE, written with Peter Baylies.

SUSANNE GRAYSON TOWNSEND is a New York City Republican (believe it or not!), an award-winning advertising executive, and the author of HOW TO EAT LIKE A REPUBLICAN, OR, HOLD THE MAYO, MUFFY, I'M FEELING MIRACLE WHIPPED TONIGHT.

KELLY TRELEAVEN is the voice of Love, Teach, a blog read by thousands of new teachers with posts picked up by the Washington Post, National Geographic and NPR’s Morning Edition. She also writes at Her book LOVE, TEACH is forthcoming from Avery Books in 2018.  

GEOFFREY R. TUMLIN is Founder and CEO of Mouthpeace Consulting LLC, a communication consulting company; President of On-Demand Leadership, a leadership development company; and Founder and Board Chair of Critical Skills Nonprofit, a public charity dedicated to providing communication and leadership skills training to chronically underserved populations. His book STOP TALKING a counterintuitive guide to effective communication, will be published in 2013.

BRUCE TURKEL has helped create some of the world’s most compelling brands, working with companies such as Hasbro, Nike, American Express, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Discovery Networks, and Bacardi. Bruce has spoken at MIT, Harvard, TEDx, and hundreds of corporate and industry conferences. He appears regularly on FOX Business and has been on CNN, ABC, CBS, and NPR. He is the author of ALL ABOUT THEM: WHY THE KEY TO YOUR GREATEST SUCCESS IS NOT ABOUT YOU.

JULIE UPTON, MS, RD, CSSDis a registered dietitian and communications expert specializing in nutrition, fitness, and health. As a media resource for the American Dietetic Association she has been interviewed on NBC’s Today, CBS Evening News, and ABC World News Tonight. Upton is also a nationally recognized journalist who has written more than 2,000 articles for national newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Prevention, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, and Health. As a sports dietitian, one of her specialties is performance nutrition, and she coauthored ENERGY TO BURN: THE ULTIMATE FOODAND NUTRITION GUIDE TO FUEL YOUR ACTIVE LIFE.  Her latest book is THE REAL SKINNY with Katherine Brooking.

RUTH VAN WAEREBEEK-GONZALEZ is the Belgian-born co-owner (with her husband) of a kiwi plantation and an inn called Mapuyampay, both in Chile. She is the author of EVERYBODY EATS WELL IN BELGIUM, which introduced Belgian food to an American audience. Her most recent book is THE CHILEAN KITCHEN.

JILLIAN VENTERS adored vampires, witches, ghosts, and all things spooky as soon as she was able to read about them and spent her childhood convinced that she was going to grow up to be either the Wicked Witch of the West or a vampire queen. Instead she began the Gothic Charm School website, in which she teaches Goth etiquette to Goths and the Non-Goths who love them. Her first book is GOTHIC CHARM SCHOOL: AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR GOTHS AND THOSE WHO LOVE THEM, which features Jillian’s sage and amusing advice and illustrations from noted fantasy artist Pete Venters.


EMILY WARNER ESKELSEN has worked with Ned Johnson at PrepMatters, Inc., for the past several years preparing students for the SAT, ACT and LSAT. She is the co-author with Ned of CONQUERING THE SAT: HOW PARENTS CAN HELP TEENS BEAT ANXIETY AND SUCCEED.

RIC WATSON is the co-founder of the popular website,, which attracts over 1.3 million page views a months. He and his partner, Trudy Thelander, are the authors of THE MEDITERRASIAN WAY, which offers advice and recipes for balancing these two healthful lifestyles and cuisines.

NORMAN WEINSTEIN is a former professional musician and voice teacher turned cooking instructor, and he is a co-founder of the New York Association of Cooking Professionals. Norman teaches a Knife Skills Workshop at the Institute of Culinary Education and at events around the country. He is the author of WOK DISHES and CHINESE COOKING, as well as the recent MASTERING KNIFE SKILLS, which brings his popular workshop to the page.

LISA WEISS is a freelance food and recipe writer whose work has appeared in many magazines, as well as the new JOY OF COOKING and Bruce Aidell and Denis Kelly’s THE COMPLETE MEAT COOKBOOK. She has written THE FARALLON COOKBOOK with chef Mark Franz; THE BOULEVARD COOKBOOK, with Nancy Oakes and Pamela Mazzola; CHOCOLATE AND VANILLA with renowned dessert chef Gale Gand; and THE SEVENTH DAUGHTER: RECIPES AND REMINISCENCES with revolutionary San Francisco chef Cecilia Chiang. Most recently, she worked with Emily Luchetti on THE FEARLESS BAKER, a guide for the beginning baker.

SARAH P. WELCH, a former advertising agency executive and independent marketing consultant, is the co-founder of Buttoned Up, Inc., a company dedicated to helping busy women “tame the chaos” in their lives. She and company co-founder Alicia Rockmore are the authors of EVERYTHING (ALMOST) IN ITS PLACE. Her most recent book, also written with Rockmore, is PRETTY NEAT: GET ORGANIZED AND LET GO OF PERFECTION.

CATHERINE WHITNEY has co-authored book projects with Maryann Keller, Nancy Samalin, Judge Harold Rothwax, Judge Judy Sheindlin, Judge Gerry Sheindlin, and many others, including former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro. Her collaborations include the New York Times best-selling series EAT RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPECOOK RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE; and LIVE RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPETHE EAT RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE COMPLETE BLOOD TYPE ENCYCLOPEDIA; and EAT RIGHT 4 YOUR BABY with Dr. Peter D’Adamo. The two have collaborated on Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s Eat Right 4 Your Type Health Library, applying the blood type principles to specific health problems, including diabetes, cancer, and menopause. She has also written TODAY, I AM A MA’AM with Valerie Harper, and NINE AND COUNTING, the story of nine women who served in the U.S. Senate. She worked with Jeanine Pirro, the Westchester County District Attorney, on TO PROTECT AND PUNISH. She is also the co-author of WHAT WOMEN REALLY WANT: HOW AMERICAN WOMEN ARE QUIETLY ERASING POLITICAL, RACIAL, CLASS, AND RELIGIOUS LINES TO CHANGE THE WAY WE LIVE, with Celinda Lake and Kellyanne Conway. With Dr. Balasa Prasad, she has written a three-book series on combating addiction, including STOP SMOKING FOR GOODSTOP GAMBLING FOR GOOD, and STOP OVEREATING FOR GOOD; with actress Lorraine Bracco she wrote ON THE COUCH. She also collaborated on THE GENOTYPE DIET, again with Dr. Peter D’Adamo. Her solo endeavors include THE CALLING, a powerful look at the cloistered life of a group of nuns, and WOMEN OF WINDSOR which explores the lives of the women in the British Royal Family. She has worked with former Chrysler Corporation chairman Lee Iacocca on his bestseller WHERE HAVE ALL THE LEADERS GONE and with CNBC host and Deutsch Inc. chairman Donny Deutsch on THE BIG IDEA: HOW TO MAKE YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL DREAMS COME TRUE, FROM THE AHA MOMENT TO YOUR FIRST MILLION. She has most recently worked on THE 10 LAWS OF ENDURING SUCCESS and THE WEEKEND THAT CHANGED WALL STREET with CNBC news anchor Maria Bartiromo. She has also collaborated with art collector Peter Silverman on LEONARDO’S LOST PRINCESS, about his discovery of a lost Leonardo da Vinci work and with Shirley Sherrod on the civil rights activist’s memoir, THE COURAGE TO HOPE. She is currently at work on YOUR LIFE CALLING with Jane Pauley. Her most recent solo project is THEY WERE SOLDIERS ONCE, about her brother’s suffering after he returned from Vietnam.

JENA RENEE WILLIAMS is a master barber, braider, stylist, and dreadlock expert, whose clients have included Oprah Winfrey and Teddy Pendergrass. KINKI KREATIONS, her first book, is the definitive natural styling manual for African American children.

RON WILLINGHAM is the CEO and founder of Integrity Systems, an international training and development firm. He is the author of eight business books including THE PEOPLE PRINCIPLEINTEGRITY SELLING; and its follow up, INTEGRITY SELLING FOR THE 21st CENTURY. INTEGRITY SERVICE explores the importance of customer relations. His most recent book is THE INNER GAME OF SELLING: DISCOVERING AND MASTERING THE HIDDEN FORCES THAT CONTROL YOUR SELLING SUCCESS.

JON WIPFLI is a midwest native dedicated to cooking with local and sustainable ingredients.  As graduate of the French Culinary Institue of New York, he has traveled the country developing an extensive cooking repertoire. Jon has worked in the kitchen at restaurants such as Marlow and Sons, Cookshop and most recently as Sous Chef for the Bachelor Farmer.  After a decade of cooking in restaurants, he decided it was time for a change and Jon moved into cooking in homes for families or busy working professionals as a personal chef.  Jon also offers personal cooking lessons for all ages, catered events and whole pig butchery classes for small groups.  He currently lives in Minneapolis.

SHELDON WOODBURY, with D.B. Gilles, is co-author of W: THE FIRST 100 DAYS, a satirical look at our tongue-tied commander-in-chief. He is a screenwriting professor at New York University, and his latest title is COOL MILLION: HOW TO BECOME A MILLION-DOLLAR SCREENWRITER, a guide to finding, writing and selling the million-dollar-idea.

ELIZABETH YARNELL is the dynamic creator of a patented new method called infusion cooking, which uses a dutch oven to create delicious layered meals in which all ingredients maintain their integrity. She has had great success in spreading her message and sharing the skills to make fast, easy, healthful dishes in the self-published edition of GLORIOUS ONE-POT MEALS, the revised and expanded version of which is now available.

BRIAN YARVIN has been a professional photographer for almost thirty-five years, and is an instructor of food and commercial photography at the Washington School of Photography in Bethesda, Maryland. He is also a writer on food, farmers markets, and restaurants. Brian is the author of FARMS AND FOODS OF THE GARDEN STATECUCINA PIEMONTESE, co-authored with his wife, Maria Assele; A WORLD OF DUMPLINGS; and THE TOO MANY TOMOTOES COOKBOOK. His most recent book is a survey of contemporary British food entitled, THE PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH AND THE MISER’S FEAST, and he is currently at work on a new book on noodles.

JEFFREY YEAGER has been dubbed the Today Show’s “Ultimate Cheapskate” by Matt Lauer. He retired after working for almost 25 years in the nonprofit sector, and has established a second career as a professional cheapskate. He now lectures, teaches, appears on radio and television, and manages the website,, offering advice on how we can all live better with less. He refers to himself as a “de-motivational” speaker, which he defines as de-motivatings people when it comes to spending so much money. His charming, quirky, and practical advice can be found in THE ULTIMATE CHEAPSKATE’S ROADMAP TO TRUE RICHES. His latest is THE CHEAPSKATE NEXT DOOR, and he is currently at work on HOW TO RETIRE THE CHEAPSKATE WAY and an e-book original entitled DON’T THROW THAT AWAY.

PATRICIA YEO is the highly regarded chef of Sapa, formerly of the three-star AZ. Her first book, with Julia Moskin, was PATRICIA YEO: COOKING FROM A TO Z. Her latest, with Tom Steele, is EVERYDAY ASIAN.

GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN has worked at Le Cirque, the 21 Club, and Bice, among others. He is currently co-owner and chef at Town, the critically lauded New Yorkrestaurant and his newest venture, Country. His first book is TOWN/COUNTRY: 150 RECIPES FOR LIFE AROUND THE TABLE.